Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded fro the Cleveland Cavaliers was reportedly due to a meeting between the franchise’s front office personnel regarding his future, according to ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin.

According to the report, the contingent held a “what if?” discussion was described as “small talk” and “less a formal straw poll of what the Cavs should do with their All-Star point guard should trade opportunities present themselves,” as well as analyzing the market for Irving.

Per ESPN’s report:

“The talk got back to Irving, multiple team sources told ESPN, and that served as the tipping point that led to Irving formally requesting a trade a little more than two weeks later.

“‘It was sloppy,’ one league source familiar with the draft-day discussion told ESPN, adding that any talk about trading a player of Irving’s ilk — however informal it might be — should be handled strictly between the GM and owner, because of the sensitive nature of its content. Once a player feels expendable or undervalued from his own team, getting him to buy back in is a prickly proposition.”

The move itself was a head-scratcher as Cleveland shipped one of its best players to — even at the time — its biggest threat in the Eastern Conference for several players who are no longer with the team as of the trade deadline.

Clearly, the move has worked out a lot better for Irving than the Cavaliers, who didn’t seem to do enough analysis on his market value based on the outcome.

Reason for Kyrie Irving’s trade request out of Cleveland reportedly revealed Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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