The Cleveland Cavaliers took step back this season when they were supposed to be marching forward towards a playoff berth. Failing to secure that makes this past season a wash and a terrible waste of everyone’s time, but that doesn’t mean Kyrie Irving is any closer to leaving the team.
All season long there had been growing rumors that Irving wanted out of Cleveland as daily pictures of chaotic and bombed out team were painted by the national media. But while Irving may not be in the best situation at the moment, he isn’t looking to leave anytime soon — at least he’s not saying so publicly. What he is saying publicly is that he’d be excited if the Cavaliers offered him a max contract over the summer.
“Obviously, I’m aware I can be extended this summer,” he said after the Cavs’ 114-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on April 16 before 19,842 at Quicken Loans Arena.
“It’s a big deal for me if they do offer me that. It will be exciting.”
Offering Irving a max contract is what the Cavs likely have in store, even if there are some who argue he doesn’t deserve it yet. But the Cavaliers cannot sustain another crushing blow of a star players leaving town and if that means giving a max deal to Irving before he’s earned it, then so be it.