According to Chad Ford, Kyrie Irving is unhappy playing in Cleveland with the Cavaliers. Ford, on his Chat With Ford page located at ESPN.com, answered this question made by the alias, “Tim,” who is from Los Angeles.
How hot are the collective seats of Chris Grant and Mike Brown? And who do you think the Cavs are most likely to target at the deadline?
The following is the second half of Ford’s answer. Read the segman in it’s entirety here.
Chemistry is a major issue there and some of that is on Mike Brown. But more of it is on the collection of players in Cleveland at the moment. Something has to happen quick. Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out. Cleveland can’t afford to lose him and LeBron. They know the urgency. I expect them to be major players at the deadline.
Of course, this has been an underlying issue in Cleveland ever since Irving was selected by the Cavs — would this be another LeBron James “decision” type of scenario. It’s a little above my paygrade to speculate whether or not Irving really is saying he wants out of town. If, as Ford states, Irving is telling people “privately,” who leaked the news?
CBS’s Zach Harper summed things up in less than 160 characters.
Kyrie Irving will totally leave the Cavs. Unless he decides to stay. Then he’ll totally be a Cavalier.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) January 30, 2014
Irving will not be an unrestricted free-agent until 2016. He becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason and will likely receive a max offer from the Cavaliers. Irving could become a restricted free agent in 2015. Other NBA teams may offer him a contract, but Cleveland would have a chance to match — he wouldn’t be able to, “up-and-leave” the Cavs until 2016.
Irving is averaging 22 points, on 45 percent field-goal shooting and 40 percent from three-point range, over the last 20 games. The Cavs are 6-14 in those games. Maybe if the team was winning, this wouldn’t be a discussion Ford would be having.