The first priority for the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason was to re-sign their star point guard and former No. 1 overall pick, Kyrie Irving, to a max deal. That contract was agreed upon in the opening hour of free agency on Tuesday morning.
Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, tweeted the news that he and Irving shook hands on a five-year deal and the former Duke Blue Devils point guard will sign the deal on July 10. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo tweeted the deal is worth $90 million.
Irving and the Cavaliers have expressed optimism in recent days that a deal would get done when it looked like the Cavs could be losing another former No. 1 overall pick via free agency or trade earlier this season when Irving was reportedly against a future in Cleveland.
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 1, 2014
Agent Jeff Wechsler tells Yahoo: “Kyrie is looking forward to growing with the organization and city of Cleveland over next six years.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Then again, who is going to turn down $90 million over the next five years and play with Andrew Wiggins who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and by all accounts a future superstar in the making.
Irving’s assist totals could see a marked increase with the development of Wiggins over the life of this contract as Irving continues his march toward the upper-echelon of point guards in the NBA. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and a career-high 6.1 assists while also playing in a career-high 71 games.