Stephen A. Smith Warns Cleveland Of LeBron James’ Chances Of Leaving
Of course, Irving reacted and refuted the rumors coming from Smith, saying that the media is always going to look for someone to blame or create rumors around.
Smith heard about Irving’s response, and of course, could not keep his mouth shut, adding to the comments he previously made that Irving already refuted.
It’s been out there for months. We’ve been hearing that since LeBron James arrived back in Cleveland, that Kyrie Irving was initially a little bit salty about that. He knew that LeBron James is great. When he agreed to a 5-year, $94 million extension, before actually signing it, he though he was gonna be the franchise player.
Stephen A. Smith joined Jorge and Izzy’s ESPN radio show recently, where he put another rumor out there from his ‘sources,’ this time saying that he thinks LeBron James could very well make his way back to Miami. Here’s the audio and transcript of Smith’s comments.
“What everybody who’s close to him continuously reminds me of is: ‘don’t you dare take LeBron for granted or think he’s trapped into staying in Cleveland just because he came back. Don’t put it past him that he’ll get so annoyed that he’ll leave again if he feels like he’s being taken for granted, ran into the ground and, essentially, misused.”
On ESPN’s First Take, Smith mentioned this as well, and it’s unclear whether his sources are true or he’s just trying to stir stuff up in Cleveland.
“I will tell you this: LeBron never once promised to retire a Cleveland Cavalier. His mission is to come back and deliver a Championship to the city of Cleveland, I don’t see him departing before that happens unless he believes there’s no hope or something else happens with Dan Gilbert.”