Feb 28, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) during the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers beat the Jazz 99-79. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving agrees to 5-year, $90 million max deal with Cleveland Cavaliers


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.

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.

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  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    You can see this as being a terrible deal that overpays him and locks Cleveland into being no better than a mid-tier playoff team, or you can see this as a great deal that guarantees the Cavs are at least somewhat relevant by virtue of having an exciting player.

    Either way you’re offering him the max because of his off court draw, not his on court value.