LeBron James Says Kyrie Irving Trade Was the ‘Beginning of the End’ for Cleveland

LeBron James Says Kyrie Irving Trade Was the ‘Beginning of the End’ for Cleveland

​The not-so-secret secret.

We all knew in the back of our minds that LeBron’s return to his hometown team wouldn’t be where he’d retire. He achieved what he wanted in Miami, and it was time to return home to bring his city that elusive chip.

But after that, like MJ did, he’d have to start thinking about life after basketball. The move to Los Angeles was inevitable. But had the Cavs won two or three Championships, we’re sure the King would have stayed just a little bit longer — perhaps to shut down the MJ v King rings debate.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, ​LeBron opened up about leaving the Cavs, and how Irving’s trade was a significant instigator in James’ decision to leave in free agency in 2018:



​Irving requested a trade from the Cavs in the summer of 2017, a move that LeBron encouraged management not to go through with because Kyrie was still under contract for at least two more seasons.

The trade took place just minutes after LeBron held a meeting with Cavs GM Koby Altman — a disrespect that surely influenced James’ free agency decision.



We can conclude that (if Kyrie wasn’t traded) LeBron was considering staying in Cleveland for at least two more seasons.

Plus, they’d have had a definite chance to secure a few more rings together had he not headed to Bean town.

Wednesday evening will be the first time that LeBron heads to Cleveland as a Laker. We assume that he will be greeted with admiration, considering the championship he delivered to the city, and more importantly, the charity work he does for the community.

And knowing James, he’ll be out to make his mark at the Quicken Loans arena — just like he did his first visit to Miami in his new threads, where he dropped a whopping 51 points in a purely dominant display of offense.

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