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Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former GM David Griffin doesn't see Kyrie Irving playing for Cavaliers

Former GM David Griffin doesn't see Kyrie Irving playing for Cavaliers

Although he did not disclose a concrete prediction as to where he thinks Irving will eventually call home, Griffin did offer a few possibilities. So both Irving and Griffin could be in the clear in that regard.

"I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be", Griffin said.

"He handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to, " said Griffin on Monday on ESPN's "The Jump". He went to Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else.

"The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all-in and sink the ship from within", Griffin said to ESPN.

"Most guys don't have the courage to do what he did", Griffin said, adding that he thinks Irving "is a guy who wants to know how good he can be". He also responded to former Bulls guard Ron Harper's criticisms of the point guard, which included blaming "youth and ignorance" on his decision to ask to leave. "That's not "youth" and 'ignorance.' That's a little bit more courage than people give him credit for". But, in the end, Griffin is right.

In recent weeks, Kyrie has been repeatedly dragged on social media for wanting to bolt a team that is coming off of three straight Finals appearances. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall said, "It was insane to me", when asked specifically about the timing of the trade. Irving has been the hottest offseason topic, and many expect some deal to be finalized before training camp gets under way.

Irving, a four-time All-Star drafted by the Cavs with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, set career-highs with 25.2 points per game and a 47.3 field goal percentage last season. The 25-year-old might be ready to take the next step into superstardom.

The Finals in 2017 was the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams had met for a third consecutive year, with Cavaliers being crowned champions last year.

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