Irving: No cares about LeBron's feelings when leaving Cavs

Lynette Rowe
September 19, 2017

After asking for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, Kyrie Irving remained publicly silent for more than a month until his wish was ultimately granted.

Kyrie Irving said Monday that his decision to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers was motivated by his own pursuit of happiness and that it had nothing to do with former teammate LeBron James.

Smith: Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?

If you don't speak to somebody about it, they might take it personally.

"Do you care about that at all?"

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"Well, it was an interesting (x2) six years, when you think about how the journey transcended my career", Irving said as he began his response. I'm not here to tirade anybody, I'm not here to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I wasn't going to allow anything else to get in the way of our team's success so I was just very diligent and very professional in terms of this whole entire process and the request came at a time where I felt it deemed right for me. It's nothing about that.

"It's time to make that decision". There is no looking back from that standpoint.

"It wasn't about me not wanting to win, it wasn't anything about that". It wasn't anything about that.

"As a 25-year-old evolving man, coming in to ideal my craft every single day, I just wanted to be in an environment where I felt like I could be taught every single day", Irving continued. "And that was the only intent that I have in all of this". James was named the Finals MVP, though it was Irving who hit the series-winning shot in Game 7.

In August, the Cavs obliged Irving's trade request, sending him to Boston in exchange for All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick and an additional second-round pick from the Miami Heat.

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