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Tyronn Lue asked Cavaliers to keep Kyrie Irving prior to trade

Per ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Lue's thinking was based on when Kobe Bryant asked for a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2007.


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According to ESPN NBA writer Dave McMenamin, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue had asked general manager Koby Altman to not trade Kyrie Irving. 

Lue's thinking was based on when Kobe Bryant asked for a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2007, which the Lakers eventually denied.

We wanted to figure out is this real? Is Kyrie someone we might want to bring back and say, 'Hey, look, players have figured it out in the past. You're going to figure it out. We're going to still be really good, we're going to be winning games, so it's not going to be all awful.' You know what I mean? So thinking about the parameters of that, the implications of that was something we were also always debating.

Koby Altman
General manager, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs announced Isaiah Thomas will make his debut Tuesday against Portland. Lue said he would play off the bench, with a minutes restriction. 

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