HoopsHype Kyrie Irving rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates

Irving, who had a game-high 28 points and six assists against the Grizzlies, said they are learning to play together. “We’re just being honest with each other out there, telling each other what we see out there,” he said. “He’s looking to me for advice. I’m looking to him for advice, different things we see out there. Earlier in the season, we probably wouldn’t have said anything to one another. It’s just continuing to get better and playing off one another.” Morning Journal

Q: Should the Bobcats make a trade for Kyrie? I know 1st round picks would have to go and maybe Kemba. Would it be worth it? Steve Kyler: I have been told there is no scenario outside of getting LeBron back that the Cavs would consider trading Kyrie Irving… so nothing else really to say. The Bobcats don’t have the pieces to even get a conversation going. Basketball Insiders

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

Waiters actually was part of the group that brought he Cavs back in the fourth quarter, along with Miles, Bennett, Anderson Varejao and Matthew Dellavedova. Starters Deng, Irving and Tristan Thompson each played just four minutes in the second half. Jack played seven. "If I were the coach, I would've played that second group,'' Irving admitted. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 5, 2014 Updates
February 2, 2014 Updates

The rumbles within the Cavaliers locker room have been growing louder for weeks. Players who initially didn’t want to talk about what is plaguing this team are beginning to open up, and most of the issues are pointing back to guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, along with an unhappiness with Mike Brown and his staff. “He’s acting like he doesn’t care,” one Cavs player said of Irving. Akron Beacon Journal

Most of the complaints are focused on Irving and Waiters. One league source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Waiters was removed from practice recently, per the Daily News report. But Waiters’ minutes weren’t affected by the move, which left at least a handful of players raising their eyebrows — particularly within an organization that has preached accountability since Brown’s arrival. “That’s Dion. He’s been like that since he got here. He doesn’t think anything is his fault,” one team source said. “He’s actually better about it this year than he was last year.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 1, 2014 Updates

This time, the New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence wrote that Luol Deng told a friend the Cavaliers are "a mess," that Dion Waiters was kicked out of practice last week before playing 25 minutes against the New York Knicks, that "several" players were "partying" the night before that Knicks game, and that Kyrie Irving wants to fire his agent because agent Jeff Wechsler wants him to remain in Cleveland. "We've heard almost everything," Irving said before Saturday's game against the Rockets. "It's kind of like 'whatever' at this point. Our focus is on each other and having each other's backs every single game." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kyrie Irving is close to firing his agent, Jeff Wechsler, according to a league source. We hear part of the reason Irving is seeking a new rep is that he intends on leaving the Cavs, while Wechsler wants him to stay. As we reported at the start of the season, Irving wants to come back home to the New York area — he’s from West Orange, N.J. — and play for the Knicks. Lord knows they could use an All-Star talent at point guard, and Irving will be headed for his first starting assignment in an All-Star game in a couple of weeks. New York Daily News

January 31, 2014 Updates

Irving has come under fire throughout the past week, particularly after a Beacon Journal story last Sunday questioning the progress he’s made this season, followed by an ESPN report on Thursday that Irving wants out of Cleveland. “Everybody has all these rumors and stories they’re coming out with and it’s all based on me,” Irving said. “It’s not really about me. It’s about the team and what we’re going through as a team together. Obviously some things will be put on me and I take responsibility for that, but all that extra stuff that comes with it… It’s the business. I understand that. But that’s one of the things I wish I could change. It’s definitely not about me, it’s about my teammates and what we can accomplish.” Akron Beacon Journal

Irving took exception to the idea that he is “pouting” and said his morale was low last season following the All-Star break because he was injured and the team was losing. The Cavs had losing streaks of 10 and six games near the end of the season as Irving battled through knee and shoulder injuries. “I’ve never been known for pouting,” Irving said. “Just because I don’t smile on the court when we’re losing, I don’t think I’m supposed to smile. You smile on the court, that’s a problem, especially when you’re losing like this. I think last year my morale definitely changed just from being frustrated and hurt all the time the second half of the season.” Akron Beacon Journal

Kyrie Irving conceded this season has been more difficult than he imagined, he’s upset so much attention has been placed on his contract and he admitted he doesn’t always have all the answers to what is plaguing the Cavaliers this season. “I needed this. It was more or less a wake-up call,” Irving told the Beacon Journal following practice on Friday. “I got away with so much my first two years. It wasn’t a breeze, but everything came easy. This is the first year where every single night it’s going to be a challenge. That’s one of the things I’m getting used to and I’ve accepted.” Akron Beacon Journal

Kyrie Irving said he enjoys being in Cleveland and playing for the Cavaliers, but stopped short of saying he'll take a max contract offer if he's presented with one this summer. ESPN's Chad Ford reported earlier Thursday in his weekly chat that Irving has privately told people he wants out of Cleveland. "There’s been so much so-called reports coming out that I don’t want to be here. That’s what you guys get paid to do, but that’s just so much negative attention," Irving said following the Cavs' 117-86 loss to the Knicks. "I know we’re struggling, but it’s not about me. It’s about our team. It’s about us fighting every day for each other and me fighting for my teammates. Akron Beacon Journal

"Yes, I’m in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about me and it’s not about this controversy, ‘Do I privately want out when my contract is up?’ I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time. I’m not saying anything to tell the future, but I’m pretty sure the relationship I have with Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court. I enjoy being here." Akron Beacon Journal

So when he said “I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time,” I’m sure it sounded swell to a lot of fans who were clamoring for him to say something along those lines. But I gave him another chance to say he’d accept a max contract extension from the Cavs this summer and he again refused. That’s twice the topic of a max extension has come up and both times he refused to say he would take it. “It’s still too early to say. I’m still trying to get through this season,” Irving said tonight. “Everybody is trying to antagonize this team and put it on me … I’m here for my teammates, I’m here for Coach Brown and the coaching staff and I’m going to play my heart out every single night for the Cleveland Cavaliers.” Akron Beacon Journal

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