Kyrie Irving has agreed to sign a maximum five-year $90 million dollar extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was revealed earlier today. This comes after months of curiosity into whether the All-Star point guard would choose to sign in Cleveland or attempt to hit the open market.
The news broke when Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted that Irving was staying and that they had shaken hands to sign the contract when free agency begins on July 10th. Gilbert is ecstatic, as he should be, but the surprising part is how genuinely happy Irving seems to be. He tweeted out how excited he was to stay in Cleveland; hopefully he keeps this attitude and translates it into wins for his team.
The Cavaliers have much to do in free agency, and they're still holding out hope that LeBron James decides to come home. Although that may be a long shot, signing Irving this early allows the Cavaliers front office to turn their attention to other free agents in hopes to surround him with more talent. It also give the front office another aspect to their pitch to these potential additions, by telling them that an All-Star is signed for the next 6 years.
Cleveland had one of the worst locker rooms in the NBA last year, and it seemed as though there wasn't a week that went by without some new report about a rift. First, Dion Waiters and Irving were disagreeing, then Andrew Bynum couldn't stop shooting half court shots and disrupting practice.
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