The relationship between Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers started to fall apart as recently as the postseason. Dave McMenamin reported the following about James Jones seeing Irving refusing to speak to teammates.
“He saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year – in between the first round, when they beat Indiana, and the second round, when they played Toronto – go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice.
On that stage. It’s one thing to say people go through their ups and downs in the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, “when the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers, and we’re pulling together to get this thing done” – even at that level, there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates.”
It could be an ugly situation if Irving starts the season in Cleveland after all that has happened.