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Right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in crisis mode. They have lost four in a row, and are 2-8 over their last 10. It all stems from trading Kyrie Irving over the offseason. But, did it have to be this way? Well as it turns out, Kyrie simply wanted out. However, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, LeBron James didn’t want the Cavs to comply with Kyrie’s trade request.

James himself was publicly supportive, but it is no secret within the organization that he was against trading Irving after the demand (and well before the now-famous Arthur tweet). It’s fair to wonder what might’ve happened had the Cavs simply told Irving, who was under contract for two more years, they weren’t trading him, as the Spurs held the line with Aldridge.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are just 26-17 on the season. Most teams would take a mark like this. But as we know, the Cavs are not most teams. There are certain expectations that, right now, they just aren’t meeting. So could they have ultimately kept Kyrie? Unlikely. But, could they have done a better job addressing the situation? That goes without saying.

In the meantime, the Cavs will look to get back on track against the struggling Magic tomorrow night.

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