David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

But despite the firestorm it created, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin wouldn't have wanted Irving to do anything differently even if he was still running things for the Cavaliers.

"I don't think he's figured out how to carry the mantle of a team and win games in that environment", Griffin said of Irving.

"Youth. Ignorance", Harper said Sunday of Irving, 25, after signing autographs at the legends booth on Cavs day at the $9.75 million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. He said both sides would be better if Irving were traded.

"This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations - Brad Stevens and (Gregg) Popovich", Griffin added. On Monday, Griff had plenty to say as a guest on ESPN's 'The Jump' with Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin. He went to Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else. That's a little bit more courage than people give him credit for. That's not youth and ignorance. The mood in Cleveland has only gotten worse since that meeting, as Irving reportedly thought LeBron James leaked his trade request and stopped taking calls from the Cavs.

As for the jersey itself, the new design also features a logo from the Cavs' sponsor, Goodwill, as well as the swoosh from Nike, which took over for Adidas as the NBA's jersey makers this season.

"I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be", Griffin said. Koby Altman was named general manager last month.

Griffin's confirmation of Irving's desire to leave also came with some details about what situations Kyrie was asking to play in. "You know you're expected to win a championship, by way of example, but what that doesn't always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries a little bit and see how good he can really be".

Griffin didn't mention the Knicks, Timberwolves or Heat.

But Griffin, who inked Irving to a five-year contract extension in 2014, tried putting the request in context.

It goes without saying that it would take an terrible lot for the C's to pry Irving away from the Cavaliers, but it would be borderline impossible for any other team in the National Basketball Association to match a potential package that the Celtics could send to Cleveland to make it happen.

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