Draymond Green has heard the criticism lobbed in Kyrie Irving's direction. Apparently, Shumpert - who is still close to Irving - says that more or less led to the decision to request a trade. But with Kyrie Irving in Boston, and nobody wanting to take Love off their hands, it looks like keeping him is the Cavs' best option. Shumpert, who is still in Cleveland even though his name has been kicked around as one to watch due to a trade request (something he has denied), appeared on Complex's "Everyday Struggle" and discussed the move. "I thought he was great anyway". Teammate Iman Shumpert knows exactly what is happening and he really doesn't blame Irving for wanting to leave. While most felt Thomas was wronged by the Celtics considering what he has done in his short time, most also criticized Kevin Durant for signing with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. Heading into the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, only four players are returning for head coach Brad Stevens.
It's Green's competitive streak that allows him - despite standing at 6-foot-7 on a good day - to defend every position on the court and has been a key factor in Golden State's run to winning a pair of championships in the past three seasons. The Cavaliers and its players though are ready to take the next step. "It's more of a 'I learned".
Word broke in late July that Irving asked to be dealt, seeking to be the focal point of his own team rather than continuing to play alongside and in the shadow of LeBron James. He chafed in Cleveland at not being treated with the same level of deference as James when it came to expressing his views on social issues. Opportunity, as Lue said, simply hasn't been there for Love since he's been in Cleveland. That certainly is the conventional wisdom surrounding his decision and heading into this next chapter of his career in Boston.