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Kyrie Irving requests trade from Cleveland Cavaliers

By The Sports Xchange
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives to the basket during a game against the Atlanta Hawks last season. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/f27585d706105aeb68ebf8ed74c056d1/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives to the basket during a game against the Atlanta Hawks last season. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Kyrie Irving would like to be more of a focal point on a team, but not with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to a report by ESPN on Friday and confirmed by Cleveland.com, Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert last week.

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Irving, 25, reportedly has stated a desire to be a top scoring option and does not want to play with LeBron James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons.

The point guard's request is a continuation of a turbulent offseason for the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

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"We met with Cavs' leadership and we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told Cleveland.com. "There were a bunch of scenarios, and I'm not going to discuss anything that was said. I don't know where this is coming from."

Last month, the team parted ways with general manager David Griffin after being unable to reach a contract extension. Grffin's replacement has not been named and James has reportedly expressed concerned about the team's future, fueling speculation of a second exit from Cleveland.

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Since losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Cleveland has been unable to land Paul George and Jimmy Butler in trades. George was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Butler was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Cleveland's offseason moves so far consisted of signing free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon, re-signing Kyle Korver and signing Turkish forward Cedi Osman to a three-year contract.

Irving's request also occurs shortly after he described the situation with the Cavaliers as "in a peculiar place" during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

Irving was the top overall pick in 2011 after one season at Duke. Cleveland recorded losing records in his first three seasons before James returned and Kevin Love was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Irving has a three years and $60 million on his contract. He can opt out of the final year prior to the 2019-20 season.

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