Kyrie Irving says trade request was about his potential, not LeBron James

Rosalie Stanley
September 2, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving pens a fond farewell to the team as he leaves to play for the Boston Celtics.

Irving, 25, who found his new home on the Celtics this week after Isaiah Thomas' health concerns stalled the deal, thanked his former team with a note and video on Instagram Thursday.

The Celtics and Cavaliers completed the trade - first announced on Tuesday last week - to send point guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland in exchange for point guard Kyrie Irving on Wednesday, within hours of yesterday's 10am deadline (10pm Wednesday, Singapore).

The Cavs and Celtics originally announced a trade August 22, but when a physical on Thomas' injured hip led to some concerns on Cleveland's part, the deal's finalization was delayed until Wednesday, when Boston agreed to add the Heat's second-round pick in 2020.

Just weeks after coming up short in the NBA Finals at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving shocked the NBA world with his demand for a trade.

Irving did mention Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and his son Nick, managing partner Nate Forbes and vice chairman Jeff Cohen, whom Irving referred to as "The Bald Guy", and their families.

The timeline makes it look like Kyrie Irving and the city of Cleveland would never get along again, but Irving is doing whatever he can to make sure he still has fans in Ohio.

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"I just knew that I wasn't going to come up here to specifically point at individuals, specifically point at issues because that's not important to me at all", Irving said.

"I love all you guys' support and all you guys' love over the course of the amount of years I was in Cleveland. The journey is always the reward". That was a fantastic deal for the Cavaliers, way more than anyone expected them to get.

"And to my team-mates: insane stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings, man", Irving said.

"Finding that balance is one of the toughest things to do because you have so much belief and confidence in yourself", said Irving, according to July 24 ESPN article.

Their relationship seemed to have started off bright.

While Irving and James had their differences, the two seemingly managed to work through them. The Cavs are reportedly "evaluating the medical information, and no final decision has been made". "He's a true point guard who can score, in this day and age in the National Basketball Association it is a point guards' league".

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