Kyrie Irving Called "Courageous" By Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin

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Kyrie Irving Called "Courageous" By Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin

But despite the firestorm it created, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin wouldn't have wanted Irving to do anything differently even if he was still running things for the Cavaliers.

"I think Kyrie's going to end up being traded", Griffin said during an afternoon appearance on ESPN's "The Jump". "LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization, and most of it is really, really positive", Griffin continued.

Griffin, who has been succeeded as Cavs GM by former protege Koby Altman, disagreed with former Cavs guard Ron Harper's assertion that Irving's trade request was the result of "youth" and "ignorance".

Will the Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving? 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. Most guys don't have the courage to do what he did". "I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be".

According to several National Basketball Association insiders, Irving wants to step out of LeBron James' shadow and embrace his own squad. "LeBron brought no more pressure to the situation, than the situation did itself", Griffin said. Interestingly enough, Griffin mentioned the Celtics, twice, as preferred destinations for Irving. "This is a guy trying to win championships and being an MVP-caliber player is a full-time job in itself".

"I don't think he's figured out how to carry the mantle of a team and win games in that environment", Griffin said.

It's also been hypothesized that a package for Irving would center around Isaiah Thomas (entering a contract year and openly seeking a max contract), forward Jae Crowder (for salary purposes), and one of their prized future first-round draft picks. The home team will get to choose, with the visiting team required to wear a contrasting color.

Irving, who had his best statistical year last season, averaged 25.2 points per game.