Why Kyrie Irving Is Right (and Wrong) to Leave LeBron and Cleveland Behind

After another exhilarating free agency period, when even the most underrated signings will surely play a crucial role in the upcoming 2017–18 season, it shouldn’t shock anyone that folks are already looking toward the 2018 free agent class. After all, if you don’t plan for things to come, you’re bound to get blindsided when you least expect it. Speaking of “blindsided,” look no further than superstar LeBron James when he learned that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving asked to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, per sources, “Irving has said that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.” While this request might seem crazy to some, when you really think about it, there are reasons why it actually makes sense. Then again, there are also plenty of reasons why Irving would be crazy to leave James and the Cavs.

Here’s our argument for why leaving is the best call and why bolting is definitely the wrong decision. In the end, you can decide what’s right.

There’s only one LeBron James

LeBron James #23 and Kyrie Irving celebrate a made basket.

LeBron James #23 and Kyrie Irving celebrate a made basket. LeBron James definitely makes life easier for his teammates. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

LeBron James is already one of the greatest players of all time. The King is a 13-time All-Star, a 13-time All-NBA selection, a four-time MVP, and a three-time champion. He has career averages of 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and seven assists per game, and has led his teams to a ridiculous seven consecutive Finals appearances.

Irving might be ready to take his talents elsewhere, but he’s kidding himself if he expects to find another player on the planet who makes his life easier than James (at least on the court). Most players go out of their way to play with LeBron. We just hope Kyrie understands what he’d be giving up.

Verdict: wrong

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