There has been a lot of chatter about the future of Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving.
There have been reports that Irving is not happy Cleveland. There have also been reports the Cavaliers may feel the same and would not be offering Irving a max contract. In fact, the Houston Rockets are expected to pursue Irving.
However, according to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers do indeed plan to offer Irving a complete 5-year maximum contract.
My sources tell me that the Cavs have had no doubts about offering Irving the 5-year deal, and will do so. Once July 1 arrives — the first date that an extension can be offered — the Cavs will set up a meeting with Irving. They will present their All-Star guard with a contract extension, a 5-year deal in the $90 million range (or whatever is the maximum number).
The hope is that he will sign the five-year deal, much like John Wall did with Washington before the 2013-14 season. That was a signal to Washington’s players and fans that he was committed to the team. And yes, Wall’s commitment did help the Wizards come together as a team and make the playoffs, upsetting Chicago in the first round.
The Cavs want to know if Irving will do the same as Wall did for the Wizards. He can’t become a restricted free agent until the summer of 2015. And he won’t be unrestricted until 2016.
Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game and shot 43.0% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 86.1% from the free throw line in 71 games last season.