Did LeBron James leak Kyrie Irving’s trade request? Irving thinks so, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
(Starts around the 2-minute mark.)
“According to my sources, they believe LeBron James had everything to do with news getting out that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded,” Smith said. “Because Kyrie Irving and his representation and others met with the Cavaliers a couple weeks ago, and not a word got out until recently.
“They believe that LeBron James got word of it and was put off by it and leaked it. I’m not going to accuse LeBron of such a thing. I don’t know that to be true at all. But I know that’s what Kyrie Irving believes.”
James was reportedly blindsided by the news of Irving’s request, but it remains to be seen whether his emotions would drive him to leak information about Irving’s meeting with Cleveland’s front office. According to Smith, it may not matter what actually happened. If Irving believes James took action, it might do irreparable damage to their relationship.