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What Kyrie Irving Did to Facilitate Trade Shows How Badly He Wanted Out of Cleveland
- Updated: August 22, 2017
The dramatic trade of Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday was the culmination of six weeks of drama that began when Irving had informed Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on July 7 that he wanted to be dealt. Now that the deal is official, it’s clear that Irving wasn’t going to let some major money stand in the way of ensuring that he’d no longer be wearing a Cleveland uniform.
Kyrie Irving waived his 15 percent trade kicker – about $3 million – in order to facilitate the deal to Boston, league source tells ESPN.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 23, 2017
Of course, Irving is still scheduled to make slightly under $18.9 million for the 2017-18 season and $20.1 million in 2018-19, so there are no worries about his financial situation. That’s especially true if he does as expected two years from now and seeks a maximum deal that could double his current paycheck.
Irving’s trade kicker is the same as the one held by Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who the Cavaliers had once modestly thought about acquiring.