Kyrie Irving says asking for trade wasn’t about LeBron James

said Friday that his decision to ask the to trade him was not about but a desire to maximize his potential.

Irving and were introduced as members of the , two days after the blockbuster trade was completed. Boston sent , , and two draft picks to Cleveland for Irving. Hayward signed as a free agent in July.

Irving said he hasn’t spoken to James since the trade but is grateful for the time he spent alongside a player he called one of the game’s greats.

Hayward said he’s happy to be reunited with his college coach, . Hayward added that Stevens was the first person to make him believe that an career was possible.

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