There was talk of Kyrie Irving threatening season-ending knee surgery if the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't trade him back in the summer of 2017.
The All-Star point guard has since denied that talk, though Cleveland's owner told a different story today.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert revealed in an interview with Cleveland.com that Irving's agent made the threat of surgery.
“The agent was telling us, if we don’t trade him, there is some surgery he is on the borderline of having on his knee,” Gilbert said. “It was possible he could be out for most of the year. It turned out to be true.”
The Cavs traded Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a top 10 NBA Draft pick, among other things.
Irving is now heading to free agency in Boston.
Gilbert is among those people who think he'll leave.
“I don’t know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston,” said Gilbert. “We could have ended up with nothing. Looking back after all the moves Koby made, we killed it in that trade.”
The Knicks, Nets and Lakers, among other teams, are being mentioned as possible suitors for Irving.
You can read his full interview with Cleveland.com here.