No matter the reconstruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers…

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No matter the reconstruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster, no matter the potential for heightened inner turmoil, no matter the win-loss record, and with or without Kyrie Irving, LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams at any point during the 2017-18 season, league sources tell ESPN.

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According to Sam Amico, the Kings are expected to offer Fox, along with veteran Kosta Koufos and possibly more for Irving, who is coming off his best season as a pro. The 25-year-old point guard posted 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season for Cleveland and is under contract for two more seasons with a player option for a third year.
A league source confirmed to NBC Sports California that the Kings have no interest in dealing Fox, who they acquired with the 5th overall selection in June’s NBA Draft. The 19-year-old is considered the future of the franchise at the point guard position and according to the source, any rumor of the team offering him in a deal are false.
Much of Irving's disenchantment with James was rooted in game play, sources said. James, as a once-in-a-lifetime talent, controlled the ball more than any other forward perhaps in league history. Which means the ball was out of Irving's hands more than he preferred. That said, Irving led the Cavs in shots in the 2016-17 season, averaging 1.5 more per game than James, and Irving averaged a career-high 25.9 points. It was the first time in James' career he didn't lead his team in shots per game.
Several times during the Cavs' playoff run, Irving had long, intense conversations with James as they tried to get the team into a groove following a choppy and inconsistent regular season, sources said. After a horrible loss to San Antonio on March 27, one in which Irving tied a career-worst plus-minus rating of minus-29, as he scored only eight points on 4-of-13 shooting, Irving was distraught. The Cavs had just lost for the third time in four games to fall out of first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time all season.
Minnesota just signed point guard Jeff Teague to a three-year deal worth $19 million annually. So I'm not sure how Irving fits into their salary structure. But I kept hearing the Wolves really want Irving.
In registering his preference to Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for a trade, league sources said, Irving divulged that he's become increasingly uneasy about a future that includes a roster constructed to complement LeBron James -- a roster that could well be devoid of James come free agency in 2018.
The Cavs are paying James' Klutch Sports clients Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith for significant deals, and those contracts won't easily leave the Cavaliers' books. The Cavaliers have a singular tradeable asset, and it's Kyrie Irving. Which he knows because Cleveland had included him in trade talks around the NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. Long before Irving voiced his desire to be moved, Cleveland had considered the possibility, too -- and perhaps did so with a nod from James.
Irving had wanted to discuss the trade scenarios with the ownership and management at the end of the NBA Finals, league sources said, but that meeting was difficult to set with David Griffin on the way out and with Koby Altman coming into focus as GM in only the past seven to 10 days.
League sources told ESPN that both Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have been doing their part to recruit Irving on the idea of playing alongside them in Minnesota, and they've made it known to Wolves management that they want to add the Cavs star to the mix. Butler and Irving became tight in their time playing for USA Basketball together. Towns' father, Karl Towns Sr., and Irving's father, Drederick Irving, are connected through the basketball scene in northern New Jersey, where they both reside.
Though trade demands are not that surprising in the league, it still resonated with former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova. “I was surprised,” said Dellavedova, who watched the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.
“I woke up around 5:30 in the morning due to jet lag and when I checked my phone, I was a bit surprised to see the news,” said Dellavedova. The Australian point guard signed with the Milwaukee Bucks at the start of the 2016-2017 season but he left such an impact that he was still presented with the Cavaliers’ championship ring in his return to Cleveland. “Let’s see where this goes,” said Dellavedova of the Irving situation.
One league source told ZAGSBLOG that the Knicks were not Irving’s preferred destination, and that San Antonio was atop his list. ESPN reported the same information.
Alex Kennedy: Something to keep in mind as Kyrie Irving trade talks advance: Free agents who were signed this summer can't be dealt until Dec. 15.
The Knicks’ young star took to Twitter to like a post that showed an edited image of Irving in a New York jersey, with the caption, “All that matters. Bring him back home to play with Porzingis.” That post was replying to a tweet in which ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that New York “would consider trading Carmelo Anthony and future first rounders” for the Cleveland point guard.
Paul Garcia: Woj continues with Cleveland has to do what's best for their organization. Woj did say Kyrie's had SA on his mind, idea of teaming w/ Kawhi
James, according to two sources, had no idea that Irving was unhappy with his role this past season or wanted out of Cleveland. James’s future in Cleveland is already uncertain after this season; he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018 and many around the league have believed for weeks that he’s likely to leave the Cavs for a second time and sign either with the Lakers or Clippers next summer.
Another league source said that Irving made his initial trade request before last month’s Draft, in hopes of being traded to Chicago and playing with All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Just before Griffin and the team decided to part ways, Griffin had been working on a three-team deal that would have brought Butler to the Cavs.
Both the franchise and James were rocked when Irving asked the team to trade him last week. James was informed after Irving told the Cavaliers and was unaware of the guard's feelings, sources said.
Chris Broussard: Here's what I know on Kyrie front: he didn't like LJ's control of franchise, and he wants to be a full-time PG and get chance to run a team
Kyrie Irving requested in a meeting last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers trade him to another team, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
James is focused on training for next season and winning with whomever is on the roster, a person with direct knowledge of James’ plans told USA TODAY Sports.
Alex Kennedy: It's worth noting that Kyrie Irving's contract isn't bad. 2017-18: $18,868,626 2018-19: $20,099,189 2019-20: $21,329,752 (player option)
Kyrie Irving asked the Cavaliers for a trade to a team where he could be the focal point, sources confirmed to The request, a bombshell for a team already scuffling through an awkward offseason, was first reported by ESPN.
Kyrie Irving is eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension (DPVE) in the summer of 2018 if he earned All-NBA during the 2017-18 season. The extension would be valued at five-years $219M. He would not be eligible for the same extension if he was traded but could sign (with the team traded to) a five-year $188M contract in 2019-20 when Irving would be a free agent.
Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him. The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
"Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," Wechsler told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private."
James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. Other members of the team have learned of Irving's intentions in recent days as well.
Through back channels, Irving let it be known that he’d be interested in coming to Chicago. Clearly the asking price for Irving would be too rich for the Bulls, so a third team would have to be brought into the mix. “Jimmy wants to win, period,’’ a source said. “Whatever it takes to get that done.’’
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was bombarded with text messages from many, including NBA players, Monday afternoon. Everyone was asking the same question, wanting to know if he heard the latest speculation about not being happy in Cleveland. His response to them was similar to the one he shared in the locker room after Cleveland's 100-96 grind-it-out win against the Indiana Pacers. "There's nothing to really address," Irving said. "Obviously there's going to be some misunderstandings, it's part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what's going on and how I feel about things."
"For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they're going to pick one player and it's going to change every single week," Irving said. "When they think that we're down and out, they're going to choose one player. For me, it has no effect on my life or what's going on. It's all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland."
I don’t want to get too far down this rabbit hole. In all honesty, I haven’t heard the “Irving wants out” talk lately – certainly not as much as a few years ago. Irving can deny it as much as he wants or think the media is picking on him, but early in his career those close to him were talking about getting him out of here. That’s fact. Whether or not it’s still happening, I can’t say for certain.
Don't play yourself: Any truth to this Kyrie wanting out of Cleveland rumor. - Steve Kyler: I have known Kyrie Irving for a while, he's never voiced issue with Cleveland to me and I bet he'll deny it shortly.
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