Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving will become a free agent for the first time in his short NBA career once the season comes to a close.
Of course, because he is coming off of his rookie deal, he will be a restricted free agent, meaning he the Cavaliers can match any offer sheet he signs with another team.
According to Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal & The News-Herald, Irving may be forced to make a quick decision.
The Cavaliers are expected to offer Irving a five-year, $80 million maximum extension on July 1.
If he wants to get that done before his USA Basketball obligations, he’ll have to decide before the month is over.
Training camp starts on July 28 in Las Vegas. Team USA will train daily from July 28-31 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Festivities will cap off with the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White exhibition game on Aug. 1 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
Rookies, especially ones that have been as productive as Irving, rarely leave after their deal because it simply doesn’t make enough sense financially.
Irving is averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season.