The Cleveland Cavaliers have done everything wrong up to this point. They signed free agents that were ineffectual, they drafted one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history, and they had a coach that did not get along with their star player. Kyrie Irving was speculated to make a departure from Cleveland at the soonest glimpse of an opportunity, but Irving has just agreed to a 5-year $90 million deal.
The news may come as a shock to the NBA world after seeing how irrelevant Cleveland has made themselves in the Eastern Conference, but they seem to be finally turning things around. They have draft prospect Andrew Wiggins, who Cleveland was lucky to get in the lottery, and now a consistent playmaker in Kyrie that can take this team as far as it will go.
The problem, however, is the supporting cast for Irving. Similar to Derrick Rose's contract extension a couple years ago, he will be wanting the franchise to surround him with talent if he is to make such a large commitment in his career.
Regardless of this looming problem, Irving seems excited to stay, and posted a reassuring message to the social media world:
“I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!! and I’m ecstatic!! Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special.#ClevelandKID”
Irving has already made quite the name for himself as both an electrifying point guard, and a respectable person in the league. Next year will be only his fourth year in the league, but the Cavaliers will be expecting big things from him. It will be interesting to keep an eye on how Irving and Andrew Wiggins connect both on the court and off, because they have the potential to become one of the youngest and best one-two punches in the game.
Next year, if the Cavaliers are to combine all of this talent and solidify their roster with veteran role players, they could make a run at the playoffs. They were expected to flip the switch last year, with Anthony Bennet expected to be a star, but they came up way short, which left Kyrie, and the franchise, in the balance. Just making the playoffs would be a huge mental boost for the Cleveland franchise, as they have been shell-shocked ever since LeBron left them for the Heat.
This may be a little early, but if the Cavaliers manage to sneak into the playoffs as either the 7th or 8th seed, and the Heat grab the 1 or 2 seed again, could we see a Cleveland-Miami playoff series?