What NBA players are saying about Kyrie

John Wall of the Wizards implied he's a little confused by Kyrie Irving's desire to leave the Cavaliers.
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Here is what a few opposing players have had to say about the Kyrie Irving trade request with the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, to local reporters:

“It’s kinda tough. If I had been to three straight Finals, I’d want to stay. But you never know what type of relationship or what type of details they have going on. Nobody knows what’s going on behind closed doors. (Irving is) one of those guys who wants to be the main guy.

“It’s a different situation when you’re playing with a guy like LeBron James who is so dominant. Everyone is always going to be the second guy to him. It’s kind of like what I tell all the young guys when they first come into the league. It’s kind of tough to get the young guys to play as one on the floor because everybody is trying to build their name up and start their own foundation. It’s kind of tough when you’re always in the shadow of somebody else. That’s something he probably got tired of.”

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, via Sports Illustrated:

“Who wouldn’t want to go to the Finals every year? I think they’ve been to the Finals the last three years. I would love to do that. … I don’t know because I’ve never played with LeBron. Just watching from the outside, you see how easy he makes the game for everybody else. I’m not sure what it’s like playing with LeBron in person but the player, I’m not sure why anybody wouldn’t want to play with him.”

Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

“I’m shocked just like the rest of the world. It gives other teams hope. They see Kyrie may be leaving, they see Carmelo Anthony may be leaving. Teams are trying to build super teams now. That’s what’s going on…At the end of the day, whatever team you’re on you just have to concentrate on your team, don’t worry about nobody else and make your team as best as possible.”

Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley, on the possibility of Irving playing in Denver, via HoopsHype:

“I am kind of surprised just because it’s Denver; a lot of the top guys don’t usually want to [come]. I’m not saying we aren’t huge, but a lot of people don’t think Denver is that good because of how we’ve done in the past. Now, once people see that we’re doing well, they’re starting to come. It’s been happening, but it is kind of surprising like, ‘Yo, he might come play with me!’ I’m still young, so playing with these guys is incredible to me. … He’d definitely bring leadership. He’s won a championship already and been deep in the playoffs. He’d just bring that extra grind and everything that an All-Star brings to a team. I know for sure he can lead a team.”

Former Nuggets guard Mike Miller, via BSN Denver:

“Denver’s an unbelievable city we all know that. And with what the organization has built there, (Irving) would be crazy not to and he’s definitely, definitely interested in it and I told him by putting this thing out there he has no choice.”

Former NBA All-Star Scottie Pippen, via CBS Sports:

“I am a very strong supporter of what he’s doing because I’ve watched what has happened to him in his career and how things went for him in Cleveland, and I think he’s at a superstar level now that he can control his own destiny. A lot of players in our game have that opportunity and they don’t take advantage of it. I think it’s the perfect timing, Cleveland didn’t win a championship, they were right there, but there’s been a lot of things going on within that organization. LeBron doesn’t give those guys the security that they need, that the superstar is gonna be there and he’s gonna support us and I see Kyrie looking at the opportunity to run before LeBron runs, because there’s a lot of chatter out there that LeBron’s coming to play with the Lakers.”

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, via Amico Hoops:

“I really don’t care about the Kyrie Irving situation. … I just want guys in the league to be happy where they’re playing and have some fun playing ball. So, wherever that is, for Kyrie, I hope he finds that. But LeBron James is a phenomenal player. I got a chance to play on his team in the Olympics in 2012, and learned a lot from him.”