LeBron James was against trading Kyrie Irving, report says

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LeBron James may have wanted to trade Kyrie Irving before he asked to be moved but not after.

LeBron James was against trading Kyrie Irving, report says

LeBron James may have wanted to trade Kyrie Irving before he asked to be moved but not after.

LeBron James did not want the Cavaliers to trade Kyrie Irving after the former Cleveland guard infamously asked to be moved last summer.

According to ESPN, James was firmly against trading Irving after the report came out saying the young guard and his agent had asked team owner Dan Gilbert for a trade in a closed-door meeting.

There was excitement in Cleveland for the pieces the Cavs got in the Irving trade. But as the season has unfolded, second-guessing has been developing. James himself was publicly supportive, but it is no secret within the organization that he was against trading Irving after the demand (and well before the now-famous Arthur tweet).

Of course, it has been reported that Irving wanted to be traded in the first place because the Cavaliers had attempted to move the former Duke guard to Phoenix in a deal that would have sent Paul George and Eric Bledsoe to Cleveland. Irving believed James was behind the trade proposal and started looking into his options because of the apparent slight.

The report saying James did not want Irving to be traded comes on the heels of growing discontent in the Cavaliers locker room. Cleveland has lost four games in a row and eight of their last 10.

Not a lot of players are happy with the way things are unfolding on the court or in the locker room and James is among those individuals. Meanwhile, Irving's new team in Boston is leading the Eastern Conference and the only team with a better record in basketball is the Warriors.

It's easy to look at the success the Celtics are having and say the trade should never have been made, and maybe that's the right way to view it.

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