Report: LeBron upset Cavs didn’t get more for Kyrie

LeBron James felt the Cavaliers should have demanded more from the Celtics in exchange for Kyrie Irving, according to a report.

Though he’s never publicly said as much, LeBron James reportedly was not happy with how the Cleveland Cavaliers negotiated the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

In August, reports leaked the said the Cavaliers and Celtics had hammered out the framework of a deal that would send Irving to Beantown in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick.

The Cavaliers, though, balked and almost scrapped the deal entirely after examining Thomas’ medical records in regards to the torn labrum in his right hip.

Cleveland extracted a 2020 second-round draft pick from Boston to cement the deal, which went down Aug. 22.

It was the fact the Cavaliers were not able to leverage more in return for Irving that didn’t sit well with James, according to a story by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin.

Per the report:

Had the Cavs backed out, which they considered doing for several days, the Celtics would have been in a tough position. They had already celebrated Irving’s arrival and would have alienated Thomas and Jae Crowder. Adding to the Cavs’ leverage was the nature of Thomas’ hip injury becoming public, thereby further diminishing his trade value and putting Boston in an even tighter spot if the deal fell through.

When the dust settled, the fact that Cleveland got only a second-round pick after pausing the deal — and not an additional first-rounder or young player such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown or Terry Rozier — didn’t just disappoint James as a basketball player. It disappointed him as a businessman.

Turns out, James’ concerns were valid. Thomas played only 15 games with the Cavaliers, who went 7-8 in those games. He averaged 14.7 points, while shooting 36.1 percent from the field.

He was traded, along with Channing Frye and the Cavaliers’ 2018 first-round draft choice, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

All will be on the floor tonight at Staples Center when the Cavaliers (38-27) take on the Lakers (29-36).

6 Comments on "Report: LeBron upset Cavs didn’t get more for Kyrie"

  1. Yep, this deal was a total bust, a classic example of getting Ainge’d. I said at the time, hold out for the Lakers first rounder, too. And the press and fans said it was a good deal for both sides. No way. Kyrie is a generational player at 25. The whole thing comes down to the BK Pick, which will probably come in at 7, looking at how bad the Tankathon is.

    • Howdy, Wolv.. good perspective on not being able to put a final grade on the Irving deal until we see where the Brooklyn pick winds up and what the Cavaliers choose to do with it. It sure makes watching the NCAA Tournament at lot more interesting, huh? lol

  2. I agree that the Cavs should have done better with Irving trade. With a good coach the trade would have looked alot better. Before the Irving trade, the Cavs were not better last season and with no way to improve, the future looked dim. The Cavs had no tradable assets (thats why Billups didnt take the GM job plus he would have to fire his friend Lue). The trade will work in the end for the Cavs Zizic will be a rotation player, Nance will become an all-star, Clarkson has Irving mentality, Hill a solid pg and the BK pick a top 10 pick in a deep draft.

    • Hi, Flat… You’re correct, the Cavaliers were what they were before the Irving trade, which means they weren’t good enough to beat Golden State, as last year’s Finals showed. If LeBron stays (I believe he will) and the Cavs either add an elite-level talent with The Brooklyn Pick or use it in a package to acquire another star, the team will be better in the long run.

  3. TBF, the initial trade was a bust, but that its turned into Nance Jr, Clarkson, Hood, Zizic and the Brooklyn pick is pretty darn good in my opinion.

    • Hi there, Steve.. Agreed, we will have to wait until all the dust settles to fairly give a thumbs up or thumbs down to that blockbuster deal.

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