All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving asked to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers said a pair of individuals close to the situation. Irving is said to have made his request last week to Dan Gilbert the team owner, the two close to the situation have said.
Irving, an All-Star on four occasions, has played for six seasons in Cleveland, who picked him as the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Irving, who is just 25, overcome issues with injuries and has become one of the elite point guards in all of basketball and one of the sport’s biggest stars.
Now that he has established himself while playing alongside superstar LeBron James, Irving is asking to be traded.
His contract is for another two seasons, with the Cavaliers, as he holds a player option for the 2020 season, but Cleveland may opt to move the point guard at this time and begin a rebuild around their superstar James who will be able to opt out of his current contract after next season.
The request made by Irving could shed light on the recent pursuit by the team of former MVP of the league Derrick Rose.
At the same time, Koby Altman, who has served as the interim general manager for the Cavaliers during this offseason, will be given the full-time position as the GM of the team. The deal was still being finalized for Altman and the promotion for him is expected to be announced sometime over the upcoming few weeks.
In separate NBA news, Pau Gasol the veteran center has re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs, says a person who knows about the negotiations.
The Spaniard, who is 7-foot, and San Antonio reached an agreement on Friday that is for three years with the third year partially guaranteed.
Gasol did not accept an option for $16 million in June on his prior contract with the idea of signing a deal for the longer term. Last season, Gasol averaged 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1 ½ blocks per game.
The Washington Wizards have reached an agreement with point guard John Wall for a contract extension. The point guard agreed to a four-year extension worth $170 million that will begin during the 2019 season, said people close to the negotiations.
The extension has a player’s option for the last season of 2023 and a trade kicker worth 15%. Wall has played in four All-Star Games for the Eastern Conference. He was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick from Kentucky in the 2010 draft.