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LeBron James would not commit past 2017-18 Cavs season

12 January 2018

I had no say at all in where they sent me.

In an ESPN feature story, Hall of Fame basketball writer Jackie MacMullan details Irving's final months in Cleveland, which featured little direct communication with James.

According to the report, the Cavaliers would have received athletic guard Eric Bledsoe and All-Star wing Paul George in a three-team trade with the Phoenix Suns and the Indiana Pacers, but the deal fell apart because the Suns were unwilling to give up their draft pick.

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James will come face to face again Wednesday night in a prime-time matchup between two of the top teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference. "I thought this trade that went down was a win-win for both sides".

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In a deep dive by ESPN into Irving's departure from the Cavaliers and his appetite for a new challenge with the Celtics, the All-Star point guard said that leaving Cleveland "was inevitable".

"I didn't feel the need to say anything because I knew the truth, and so did they".

But one thing is for sure: There were times when Irving wasn't happy with the role he played on the Cavaliers. "I expressed my feelings, and we had a genuine conversation about what was next".

In the piece, former Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott explained the unique and mercurial as a player who "gets bored after a couple of years". He needs to be stimulated. "It was just a bunch of noise". "I'm realizing as long as you take advantage of moments with great people you can learn from and then apply those to your life going forward, that's where fulfillment comes in", he said.

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On the season, Kyrie's Celtics are 30-10 and first out east. LeBron's Cavs, meanwhile, are 3.5 games back.

"I can't necessarily pinpoint a specific point, but, for me, this season has been a learning experience to be able to do that", he said. I'm just too strong internally and mentally to do that.

James' camp also represents Bledsoe, and there were rumors that a swap might happen later in the summer when Irving's trade request became public.

However, Cleveland has made a decision to rest its starting point guard as he continues to work on his fitness.

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LeBron James would not commit past 2017-18 Cavs season