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Spurs reportedly tried 'really, really hard' to get Kyrie Irving in trade

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Noah Ferguson | 12 January, 2018, 22:32

To illustrate this, MacMullan spoke with some of Irving's now-former teammates, who confirmed that he "wasn't as happy last year" as in years past.

LeBron James was a big part of it, just not in the way you might think.

Apprised of that comment a week later, James replied, "That makes absolutely no sense", but declined to elaborate.

"I didn't feel the need to say anything because I knew the truth, and so did they", he says. "So it didn't matter what others said".

In response, Irving began considering a new challenge and a future away from Cleveland after six seasons with the team.

It's been almost five months since the trade went down, but all of the feelings are coming back again as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James prepare to square off against each other Wednesday night.

Priced at $9,000, Irving's 31.8 FanDuel points were only good enough for 3.53x value.

Irving, who arrived in Boston with pressure to prove himself while removed from the shadow of LeBron James, said he has taken a step back this season and has put a greater importance on his team. Everyone will say that Kyrie made the right/wrong decision based on how that series goes. "I was traded to Boston".

"Ky", Lue said, "I want you to play a little faster". "I expressed my feelings, and we had a genuine conversation about what was next".

He has, faster than most of us expected, and with that the Celtics are on top of the East and Irving is mentioned in MVP discussions.

"He's wired differently than most".

Irving has emerged as an MVP candidate in his first season with the Boston Celtics, averaging 24.8 points and 4.9 assists per game while leading them to an Easter Conference-best 30-10 record.

While Irving tells MacMullan playing with James had its "positives", he implies that he was always searching for his place on the team.

"I'm taking full advantage of this learning experience of being with this new group, this franchise".

"Well, that's No. 23's job", Irving replied, referring to James. But if he believes it was LeBron's work that started his breakup with Cleveland, their rivalry just got a lot juicier.

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