Anthony Davis loves it in New Orleans. He said as much to the Times-Picayune this week. But the more important thing to come out of that interview was his quote on a potential trade that got the NBA rumor mills swirling. The rumor that the Celtics had their eyes on Davis in a trade.
Davis heard the same rumors, but he put the kibosh on those rumors.
Irving reportedly made his request in a meeting with Gilbert more than two weeks ago, with the Spurs, Knicks, Heat and Timberwolves emerging as his preferred landing spots. The mood in Cleveland has only gotten worse since that meeting, as Irving reportedly thought LeBron James leaked his trade request and stopped taking calls from the Cavs. James was also forced to deny reports saying he is eager to see Irving moved.
Griffin believes Irving’s decision ultimately came down to a desire to find out how he can operate as the leading man on his team, not LeBron’s sidekick.
I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be, Griffin said. LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization, and most of it is really, really positive. You know you’re expected to win a championship, by way of example. But what that doesn’t always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries a little bit and see how good he can really be, and can I actually be the front man of a team like that?
You can watch the full segment about the Irving trade drama with Griffin and ESPN’s Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin below.