ESPN's Dave McMenamin told the BBall Breakdown podcast that Irving began to distance himself from his teammates during the postseason and would go days without speaking to anyone associated with the team.
Apparently, this happened between the first round of the playoffs, when the Cavaliers were facing the Indiana Pacers, and the second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. He's been inside that locker room.
"I'm not sure. Phoenix, of course, hired (former Cavalier) James Jones this offseason", McMenamin said. I was 17 years old, played in the Nike Extravaganza in California, and I ended up wearing these Nike Kobe Bruce Lee editions for that game.
"Even at that level there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates".
Trade talks around Irving have seemingly cooled in recent weeks as the Cavs search for the best offer.
He also discovered that James had asked Cleveland to trade him for Chris Paul after the Cavs won the title in 2016 and that Cleveland was including him in trade talks for Paul George and Jimmy Butler this offseason. That new information came to light during McMenamin's answer to a question about Phoenix as a potential trade destination for Kyrie.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
For starters, there are slash marks on the front instead of the back and these have a more solid color scheme unlike the meshed style of the Kobe 5's.
It's uncertain where the Cleveland Cavaliers stand on trading away Kyrie Irving at this very point of time being. The other two teams would tailor to Irving's wishes, but one Heat player disagrees with that notion.
This season might be a test run for Irving if he truly wants traded.
As we all know, the drama's only escalated since then, with Irving reportedly demanding a trade to escape the long shadow of LeBron James.