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    Kyrie Irving Reportedly Threatened to Sit out Season If Cavaliers Didn’t Trade Him

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics celebrates his three pointer with Kyrie Irving #11 against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    In a new report, Kyrie Irving threatened to sit out the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and have surgery on his knee — this prior to his trade from Cleveland to Boston.

    According to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon’s report, Irving needs minor surgery on his knee as a follow up to the surgery he underwent after suffering a broken knee cap in the 2015 NBA Finals. It’s not major, but the procedure would ease some of the swelling and day-to-day pain he feels.

    Irving and Al Horford were chosen during the NBA’s first-ever All-Star Game Draft. Horford was taken by Stephen Curry, while Irving was selected by — you guessed it — LeBron James.

    Plus, Marcus Smart is in a bit of hot water after missing Wednesday’s win against the Los Angeles Clippers with a mysterious hand injury.

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    Cory Prescott

    Cory Prescott is the Editor at Large for Boston Celtics coverage on CLNS Media. Cory is a graduate of Susquehanna University, graduating with a degree in Communications - Journalism. While at Susquehanna, Cory spent three years as the sports editor for the school's weekly newspaper. He also worked for the Crusaders Athletics Communications Department. Following graduation, Cory spent time writing for the Maine Hockey Journal, Boston Sports Then & Now and his own blog, Brain Freeze. A native Mainer, Cory has been residing in Boston since 2012. Follow Cory on twitter @CLNS_Prescott.