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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry commented for the first time Monday on rumors regarding Kyrie Irving’s desire to be traded away from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While the news shocked most of the basketball world, Curry has come to expect the unexpected, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com):
“I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of [the] day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to storylines and things like that from year to year. It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more, but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported in July that Irving requested a trade from the Cavs in an effort to emerge from LeBron’s shadow.
Far from the uneasy feeling in Cleveland, Golden State is riding high after winning its second championship in three years.
Kevin Durant took less money than his market value in free agency, and the Warriors were able to sign a host of supporting-cast players, including Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Omri Casspi and Nick Young.
Golden State is the poster child for superstars meshing together, as Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green didn’t miss a beat last season.
James and Irving have been successful in their own right with three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals as a duo, but last year’s five-game loss in the Finals suggests the Cavs have a long way to go before reaching the Warriors’ level.
Cleveland will continue to be a threat in the Eastern Conference for as long as LeBron is in the fold, but another challenger in the East could finally emerge in 2017-18 if Irving’s trade request is granted.