when the trade demand and list were leaked Irving was in China. It didn't come from.him.
And it has to be straight from the athleteís mouth to mean itís true, right? Got it. Players donít just leak important trade demands straight from their twitter accounts. It can be from a different source, especially from a far more reputable source than the ex-gm who had quit a year earlier. If the reports werenít true, Iím sure Kyrie would have denied them when he was being asked about it
Except that list didn't actually come from Irving. You can say he didn't deny it, but he didn't confirm it either. He talked a lot here about how everything was coming from people that weren't him. http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20745983/nba-kyrie-irving-explains-trade-request-more-first-take
It was very realistic. IT was significantly hurt and we needed a star. It actually made more sense than a lot of other teams, which is why it happened. And look at the wolves, who he did have on his list. They werenít realistic at all. They had just signed Teague to a $60 million dollar deal, so even if they wanted to trade him, they couldnít.
Youíre posting one link about the opinion of one guy (who had already left Cleveland at that point) and acting like itís gospel being handed down from God himself. Again, I still donít know what youíre trying to prove. I hope you understand that in this day and age, there are going to be a lot of contradicting rumors from a lot of different people.
That wasn't the tone of Griffin's tweets or statements.
That shows where he might be traded, not where he requested to be traded...
Boston was on a leaked list before he was traded to Boston. David Griffin specifically mentioned Boston on several different occasions as a possible landing spot.
Well there are tons of conflicting reports, especially after the entire saga and trade. Heck there are even still developing stories with the Kyrie trade, like the report that came out saying he would have knee surgery if he wasnít traded.
that list wasn't leaked by Irving. There were plenty of reports out there, that Boston was in fact one of Irving's preferred teams and was on his "list" the whole time, but that the Cavs were more reticent to trade him to Boston so the source leaking the names never leaked Boston.
The Spurs donít give a sh*t about how the team acquiring him feels about re-signing him. They would only care about the package they are getting in return. The Celtics are going to open their treasure chest if it means getting a guy like Kawhi or AD, even if they donít commit on the spot about resigning in 2 years. Thatís actually exactly what weíre trying to do, and exactly what we did Kyrie. We werenít even on his first list of teams he wanted to be traded to.
I heard on a podcast that if he gets out its to find a way back to California. Well if you heard it on some podcast then it must be true. Especially since heís going to be a free agent. Oh wait, heís under contract? Then he must have a no trade clause. No? Oh yeah thatís right. He canít choose where he gets traded. This is real life, not MyCareer in NBA2k18.
He is only signed through next season. If SAS wants to maximize their return, they had better be sure that the team acquiring him would feel good about re-signing him. Lots of players give a 'list' of teams they would agree to be traded to. If he doesn't get traded to one of those destinations, he can just go there as a FA (provided one of those teams have the cap space) in 2019.
If Kawhi wasn't happy with where he was being traded to, then he would likely leave after ONE season and that team would be left high and dry. That is why the Spurs would care - the team receiving Kawhi would be more likely to give up much more if they knew he wanted to re-sign.
Kyrie had TWO seasons left when he was traded and AD has TWO seasons left after this one. Also, the Cs were reportedly on Kyrie's list of six teams he would like to be traded to. When KG Danny began negotiations with Minny about KG, he first refused to re-sign here. It wasn't until we traded for Allen that KG gave an indication that he would stay.
Whether we like it or not, it does matter where Kawhi wants to go - both sides will basically only have a one-year try out before he can become a FA. If the Spurs trade a player of his caliber, they need to get the max return they can.
We werenít on Kyries initial trade request. That was the Knicks, Heat, Wolves, and Spurs. We still traded for him because it was a good deal, even though he certainly could leave next year.
So you hear some guy on a podcast say Kawhi might try to go back to California, and all of sudden we canít trade for him? Give me a break, thatís ridiculous. There are a lot of reasons why we wonít be able to trade for Kawhi, but him maybe wanting to go back to California is not one of them. Especially since youíre not even suggesting a team, simply a state. A lot of things can change in a year and a half, and this is one of the weakest reasons Ive ever seen of why we canít trade for a superstar.
And no, the spurs donít care about how the celtics would feel about re signing him. They only care about the package they are getting for him. I donít know why you cant see that. If Kawhi really forced his way out, they would accept the best offer for him, regardless of where that is and the probability of Kawhi resigning there.
Obviously the Celtics want their fans to think Kyrie wants to be here, and once Kyrie was traded here thereís no reason for him to publicly say he doesnít want to be here. So itís pretty clear why all the reports about him wanting to be here the whole time, and play for Stevens came out, and thatís to benefit the celtics and Kyrie.
Itís difficult because we have so little information, and we barely know whatís actually going on. But the fact of the matter is that when Kyrieís trade demand went public, there were four teams on his list, and we werenít one of them. That list was just accepted for a couple weeks, and nobody questioned or denied it (including Kyrie), until we traded for him, and later we found out that conveniently he wanted to be here all along.
Boston was mentioned as a possible landing spot for Tyreke Evans, does that mean he requested a trade here? Or even wants to be traded here?
Like I said before, there are a lot of conflicting reports. Fact of the matter is that when his trade request became public, we were not on Kyrieís initial list of preferred teams. If he really wanted to be here that badly, those reports surely would have been debunked as soon as possible so he could go where he wanted to go and put pressure on the cavs.
Iím not sure if you just canít accept Boston wasnít Kyrieís dream choice 100% of the way or what youíre really arguing..
"He went to Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else," Griffin said. "The absolute worst thing this guy could've done is pretend to be all in and sink the ship from within. Most guys don't have the courage to do what he did. That's not youth and ignorance. That's a little bit more courage than people give him credit for. This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations -- Brad Stevens and Popovich."
"The teams on his list -- Gordon Hayward in Boston and Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio -- he would be accompanied by other great players, so it's not like he's asking to lead a ragtag bunch," Griffin said. "He just wanted to put himself in a position, I think, where he could find out exactly what he has as a 25-year-old entering his prime."
The facts we do have? A list of preferred teams came out when Kyrieís trade demand went public, and we werenít on it. That list wasnít questioned or denied by Kyrie or his people. As negotiations went on for the next several days, those were still the only teams that were leaked, and it was only later that the Celtics were added and it was learned Kyrie wanted to play for Stevens. The poster above said as well that Kyrie himself said he didnít want to come here initially, and it was only when DA contacted him that he wanted to come here. Maybe he can find an old link and your argument can be put to rest.
Maybe that's because Kyrie thought that wouldn't be realistic? Or even insulting? What contender would trade their 2nd best player to their biggest conference rival? That idea seems pretty ridiculous. Especially since that rival has a player at your position who just finished 5th in MVP-voting. Why would they be in front to make an offer?
I donít know why some of you cant deal with the fact that he didnít always want to come here.
When the former general manager of the Cavs speaks, with his name on it, I tend to believe him rather than some random unsourced leak that has its own agenda for making the leak.
Griffin was still with the Cavs until free agency this summer
I'm just going to chime in, but it looked like from reports and everything, Boston wasn't on Kyrie's initial list ONLY because he figured Boston already had Isaiah who just had an MVP-caliber season and he didn't think going there would be a possibility.
But when he found out that Ainge and the C's were interested, it looked like he had Boston 2nd or 3rd on his preference list. He may have preferred the Knicks (pairing up with Porzingis) or the Spurs, although the Spurs were going to be difficult because of their salary cap issues (needing to dump quite a bit), and the Wolves had Teague at the time (and Butler). And idk, maybe the Knicks were high on Ntilikina? Or they didn't have enough to offer CLE outside of Porzingis
That's my $0.02