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Kyrie Irving Reportedly May Force Trade If LeBron James Leaves Cavaliers in 2018

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving reacts during play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Ron Schwane/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving could try to force a trade if LeBron James leaves the organization as a free agent after next season.        

On Tuesday, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Irving has let some of his former Team USA teammates "know that he might be willing to push for a trade, especially if he feels the Cavs' run could end quickly with James able to opt out after next season."

James can opt out of his deal after the 2017-18 season. Irving is under contract through the 2018-19 campaign with a player option for 2019-20. 

The Cavaliers are facing a critical offseason this summer despite coming off three straight appearances in the NBA Finals. The team announced Monday that general manager David Griffin would not be returning when his contract expires June 30, via David Aldridge of NBA.com. 

Irving has spent his entire six-year NBA career with the Cavaliers since they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011. He is a four-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA third team in 2014-15. 

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