While Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman’s press conference Wednesday didn’t shed new light on the reports of Kyrie Irving’s trade request, Cavs beat writer Jason Lloyd of the Athletic wrote an interesting column Thursday morning, revealing the All-Star point guard has not spoken to the Cavs organization since the news became public.
The Cavs have unsuccessfully tried to contact Irving, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told The Athletic, but he is not talking to anyone from the organization.
-Jason Lloyd, The Athletic
Gilbert claimed he “expects” Irving to be with the team for Training Camp, but that doesn’t look like a strong option at this time, especially considering Irving (and/or his representation) won’t even pick up the phone when the Cavs call.
Cleveland’s recent signing of Derrick Rose appears to be a response to Irving’s trade request and while the Cavs may very well acquire a star point guard like Eric Bledsoe in a deal for Irving, it’s possible Rose will open the season as the starter.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com noted earlier this week LeBron James and Rose spoke about “how they could get to the Finals without Irving,” and Irving has had every opportunity to come out and publicly dispute reports of his trade request since the news broke last Friday.