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Kyrie Irving Believed LeBron James' Camp Orchestrated Original Trade Talks

Kyrie Irving Believed LeBron James' Camp Orchestrated Original Trade Talks

Trading for Irving would have given it someone to carry the offensive load while they were working their way back and a proven clutch performer who already has a championship ring for the stretch run and playoffs. When Gilbert, who declined to be interviewed for this story, was presented with the Celtics as a trade partner for Irving, he went to LeBron [James] and tried to secure a pledge from his franchise player to remain beyond the 2017-18 season.

Terry Rozier scored 20 points off the bench as the Celtics relied on their balanced attack to cruise to an easy 102-88 win over the Cavaliers.

"I think they were a threat a year ago", James said, keeping his face stone straight to suggest a deeper meaning. "The [Thomas] injury affected them a lot".

The Cleveland Cavaliers have three Eastern Conference championships and one National Basketball Association title to show for their last three seasons.

James was right to focus on the Cavs before scanning the competition.

James, who did not play in the fourth quarter, turned in 19 points on 8-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists, one block, and one steal in 32 minutes.

To be clear, Cleveland most certainly did not view the Celtics as much of a threat last season, even though Boston captured the No. 1 seed.

The Cavaliers had a miserable shooting night, making just 31-of-89 attempts for 34.8 percent shooting. On Wednesday, ESPN published a piece detailing Irving's departure from Cleveland, including an exchange between Irving and Tyronn Lue in which the Cavs coach demanded Irving play faster so he can get shots for teammates, and Irving responded "that's No. 23's job". The Cavaliers shipped Irving to the Celtics [VIDEO] for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick.

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