Former Duke basketball star Kyrie Irving wants to be traded. That has been well-documented since reports surfaced on ESPN days ago.
But new reports from TMZ Sports indicate what amounts to a bizarre situation and equally bizarre sentence: Irving’s decision to request a trade came after long talks with Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz, who also had long chats with Justin Bieber prior to the music star canceling his upcoming tour.
“Church sources tell us Kyrie, who’s been an active member for a long time, met with Lentz earlier this month about his desires to step out of LeBron James’ shadow,” the report said. “We’re told Lentz didn’t tell Kyrie to ‘leave Cleveland’ — instead he listened to Kyrie’s concerns, and encouraged him to make the decision he felt was best.”
Irving starred at Duke for one season before heading to the NBA. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played his entire pro career in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have played in three straight NBA Finals, winning in 2016 against the Golden State Warriors.
Still, Irving has requested a trade, which will continue to dominate the NBA news cycle until there is a resolution to this drama.