Kyrie Irving threatened knee surgery to trade from Cavs

Irving's petty threat was likely a bluff, and Gilbert could not have been forced into a trade, considering Irving had two years remaining on his current contract.

Kahron Spearman

Per Joe Vardon of (h/t Bleacher Report) Kyrie Irving's wanted out of Cleveland so badly that he threatened to have surgery halfway through the 2017-18 season to force the front office's hand. 

His sources say Irving threatened first to sit out training camp, then undergo surgery that would've kept him out most of the season. 

But according to multiple sources, Irving threatened to sit out the season and have surgery on his knee, convincing Gilbert and Cleveland's front office that the relationship was not salvageable.

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Vardon says the Celtics All-Star point guard needs a clean-up procedure on his right knee, stemming from the broken kneecap he suffered in the first game of the 2015 NBA Finals. 

Irving's threat was probably a bluff, considering he's has been doing work as a borderline MVP candidate, averaging 24.5 points per game for Boston.

The real story is Irving's shocking, top-of-the-line pettiness. Imagine being so salty that you conjure up reasons to ensure you're traded.