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'Why would I have to?': Irving felt no need to discuss trade with James

New Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he doesn't care if anyone took it personally that he left Cleveland, even Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Boston guard didn't let former Cleveland teammate know about his intentions

Kyrie Irving, right, said he doesn't feel like he owed former teammate LeBron James an explanation for asking to be traded. (Jae C. Hong, File/The Associated Press)

New Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he doesn't care if anyone took it personally that he left Cleveland, even Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Appearing Monday on ESPN's "First Take," Irving said he doesn't feel like he owed James an explanation for asking for a trade.

Asked if he let James know that he was seeking to leave, Irving said, "Why would I have to?"

Host Stephen A. Smith responded: "If you don't speak to somebody, they might take it personally. Do you care about that at all?"

"No," Irving said.

Irving was eventually sent to the Celtics for a package that included Isaiah Thomas and a first-round draft pick.

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