LeBron James blindsided by Kyrie Irving request that Cavs trade him, report says

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving made an interesting comment at a Sports Illustrated event this week calling the Cavs’ offseason peculiar. You know what would have made their offseason even more peculiar? Trading Kyrie Irving.

According to ESPN.com, Irving asked the Cavs last week to trade him. One of his preferred destinations is the San Antonio Spurs.

Altman steps into a proverbial minefield in the Cavs front office. Not only are expectations high, coming off three straight NBA Finals appearances and a world championship in 2016, but he’s got numerous looming personnel situations. The biggest, of course, is the potential free agency of LeBron James in 2018.

To make matters more difficult, news broke last Friday that point guard Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade. The Cavs have no cap flexibility, as they’ve tied up several role players to lucrative long-term deals.

Altman originally joined the Cavaliers as pro personnel manager in 2012 and the Cavs promoted him to director of pro player personnel in September 2013. He became assistant GM prior to last season.

The Cavs said other notable front offices moves are expected soon.

The past month or so has allowed the opportunity for several other talented and hard-working individuals on the basketball side of our business to demonstrate their deep knowledge and capability, Gilbert said. We are looking forward to announcing additional restructuring involving these remarkable executives in the very near future.

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