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Report: Cavs' Handling Of Irving Situation Potentially Cost Them Paul George, Chris Paul

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly knew before the NBA Draft that Kyrie Irving wanted to be traded.

After news broke yesterday that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland, a slew of information has come in recently that suggests the news shouldn't have come as a surprise—to the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least—and it might have cost them dearly.

Yesterday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst suggested the delay (on Irving's part) cost the Cavaliers a shot at Paul George and Chris Paul.

The Cavaliers could have acquired the two superstars via trade. Instead, they could lose Irving, and maybe LeBron James.

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But according to NBA.com's David Aldridge, Irving made his position clear over a month ago. Aldridge wrote, "Another league source said that Irving made his initial trade request before last month’s draft.”

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported the same news:

 "Irving had wanted to discuss the trade scenarios with the ownership and management at the end of the NBA Finals, league sources said, but that meeting was difficult to set with David Griffin on the way out and with Koby Altman coming into focus as GM in only the past seven to 10 days."

It's possible that Irving merely hinted at a trade last month, and then formally asked for one on Friday, and it's also possible the Cavaliers just didn't take him seriously when he initially made the request before the NBA Draft. Either way, the Cavs' front office shouldn't have been blindsided by the news.

The Pacers and Clippers traded away Paul George and Chris Paul away for deals the Cavaliers could have trumped, and it's likely Love and Irving could've been used as pieces to acquire the two former all-stars.

It's a huge miss for the front office, and not only did the whiff potentially cost them George and/or Paul, it might also cost them LeBron James, who is a free agent next summer. Without a legitimate supporting cast and Irving on the way out, it seems increasingly unlikely that James will stick around.

[ESPN; NBA]