Kyrie Irving Says Cavaliers in 'A Very Peculiar Place' After Offseason

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12:  Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving told Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray the Cleveland Cavaliers are "in a very peculiar place" on the heels of a report from USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt that suggested LeBron James hasn't been happy with the team's lack of offseason activity. 

"I understand we're in a very peculiar place," Irving said at Sports Illustrated's Fashionable 50 event on Tuesday night. "We just have to, you know, make sure all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. It's just summer time, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA. Best to just observe and then see what happens, but obviously there are some things that I'm pretty sure our organization wants to do, and we'll go from there."  

On Monday, Zillgitt reported James was "concerned about the Cavaliers' offseason" and that he was "frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State."

To this point in the summer, the Cavaliers' only moves of substance have been signing Jeff Green and Jose Calderon to one-year deals at the veteran's minimum, re-signing sharpshooter Kyle Korver and bringing 2015 draft-and-stash prospect Cedi Osman over on a three-year pact. 

However, Cleveland did reportedly make a hard push to trade for Paul George before he was ultimately dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Appearing on ESPN's The JumpAdrian Wojnarowski reported the Cavaliers and Pacers nearly agreed to terms on a deal that would have allowed George to team up with James and Irving. 

"[Cavaliers assistant GM] Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30 for Paul George," Wojnarowski said, per Slam's Ryne Nelson. "It was so close in fact that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with [Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert. Indiana backed out of it, and did the Oklahoma City deal."

The Cavaliers should continue to operate as the class of the Eastern Conference for at least one more season, but with buzz building that LeBron could consider bolting in free agency next summer, the Cavaliers may have to get aggressive in their pursuit of roster upgrades to placate their franchise centerpiece and avoid another disastrous divorce. 


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