Poor timing seems to have delayed Kyrie Irving‘s departure from Cleveland by greater than two months.

Former Cavaliers common supervisor David Griffin revealed that if the All-Star level guard had come to him sooner along with his commerce request, he would’ve made it occur main as much as the draft when there have been offers on the desk.

“Kyrie is aware of this and we have talked about this very clearly,” Griffin mentioned Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “If he had articulated to me … he wished to be traded, we might have traded him.

“You are all the best way in or all the best way out on profitable a championship. You aren’t getting to convey the home down from inside, and if you happen to’re depressing, the worst factor you are able to do is disguise it. So I feel what he did was what he was alleged to do for a workforce that desires to win a championship, he made it very clear.”

Nevertheless, Griffin parted methods with the group on June 19 – simply three days earlier than the draft. About one month later, phrase got here out that Irving informed the Cavs he needs out.

Studies emerged quickly after that Irving had truly knowledgeable the membership earlier than the draft of his need to maneuver on, so he may discover happiness and maximize his potential elsewhere (ideally away from LeBron James). It was believed the 25-year-old star wished to affix his USA Basketball teammate Jimmy Butler on the Chicago Bulls.

Apparently sufficient, there have been additionally rumors that whereas he was nonetheless with the Cavaliers, Griffin had been engaged on a three-team swap that will’ve introduced Butler to Cleveland. He admitted himself he had trades “teed up.” Ultimately, although, Butler was shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day and Irving was dealt to the Boston Celtics on the finish of August.

Irving has been thriving along with his new workforce, which sits atop the NBA standings at 12-2. The explosive guard is averaging 20.three factors, 5.2 assists, three.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals over 13 video games this season.

He missed the final recreation after struggling a minor facial fracture, and can return Tuesday evening towards the Brooklyn Nets whereas donning a masks.