In a Tuesday radio interview, Chauncey Billups said he knew about Kyrie Irving’s discontent weeks before the star point guard requested a trade. Billups had been offered a job running the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office, but declined it three days into free agency.
On the Vic Lombardi Show on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver, Billups called Irving’s mindset “alarming” and indicated that it was a factor into why he didn’t take the Cleveland job.
“(The trade request) didn’t surprise me,” Billups said. “I knew as (the Cavs) were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know. But it’s unfortunate, man, because he’s a special talent. So much of what he’s been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been as the beneficiary of LeBron James. That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him.”
Millsap spent four seasons in Atlanta, one where he helped lead the Hawks to a 60-win season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. The entire starting five from that team is now gone with Millsap’s departure — and he was Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike disappointed by the way things turned out.
“I thought I meant a bit more than that to them,” Millsap said. “But it is what it is. I’m happy with the decision I’ve made. I’m happy with the team I’m with. I’m USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys ready to get it going with them.”