Kyrie Irving Responds To Report Claiming He Threatened Surgery To Force Trade

The breakup between Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers certainly wasn’t an amicable one, but it might not be as bad as previously reported.

A report that surfaced Thursday claimed Irving threatened to have minor knee surgery instead of reporting to preseason camp if the Cavs did not find a way to trade him. Given he’s only three games this season, such a notion doesn’t paint the Boston Celtics star in the best light.

But according to Irving, the report itself is false.

The 25-year-old had the opportunity to respond Friday, and he refuted the accuracy.

He also added this witty — and certainly factual — one-liner.

The irony of the report (that also strengthens Irving’s stance) is that if he truly had a knee issue, the Cavs would have had to disclose that to the Celtics before the trade, which of course was the exact reason the trade was in limbo for a moment. Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury was severe enough to where the Cavs received an extra draft pick in order to complete the trade.

It’s understandable, however, that Irving simply wants to move on. He hasn’t drawn much attention to the trade since facing questions upon his arrival to Boston, and he has thrived with the Celtics at the same time, so he doesn’t appear to have any lingering feelings regarding Cleveland.

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