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Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  42 responses

Kyrie Irving Not Ready to Discuss Contract Extension With Cavaliers


With John Wall having recently gotten his money, the point guard focus now shifts to Kyrie Irving and his next deal. According to the young stud, he’s not quite yet prepared to travel down that road. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Around the league, players refer to them as an ’80 ball.’ They are max contracts worth about $80 million over five years. John Wall has one now. Kyrie Irving might be next. The Cavaliers can offer Irving a contract extension next summer, and provided he remains relatively healthy this season, they intend on making him a max offer. Now the market has been set by Wall, who was drafted No. 1 overall the year before Irving. Wall last month became the fifth point guard to sign a max contract, joining Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Irving would be No. 6. He has an All-Star appearance – Wall does not – and Irving is generally regarded around the league as the better player. But he wasn’t interested in discussing his future Saturday at his basketball skills camp at Independence High School. Asked directly if he would sign the full five-year extension with the Cavs next summer, Irving said, ‘I’m not really worried about that right now. Right now I’m focusing on the year ahead, my third year, then I’ll worry about that in the summer time.’ Irving’s future in Cleveland has been a topic of conversation since a New York radio host insisted on Twitter that Irving wouldn’t remain in Cleveland for long. Irving dismissed the report during a Team USA minicamp last month in Las Vegas, saying he was excited about the moves the organization made this summer and that ‘I’m a Cavalier right now. I’m happy to be a Cavalier.’ Irving was asked Saturday why he qualified that with ‘right now.’ … ‘Right now I’m a Cavalier. This is where I am. All that future stuff, I’m not really worried about,’ Irving said. ‘I’m living in the moment right now and I’m just trying to get better with the teammates I have now and make the playoffs for Cleveland. That’s the only thing I can do right now is give it my all as it stands right now and that future stuff, I’m not really worried about it.’ The Cavs control Irving’s rights for three more seasons, and it’s worth noting no player has ever turned down a max contract coming off his rookie deal.”

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  • jay jay

    He wants to play the season out and see if he can get Derrick rose money, but also risk it for john wall money. Either way he set

  • BugEyes

    I don’t see how guards get this kind of money john wall, kyrie it will never change big men win chips

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he might not want to discuss it. but i bet Cleveland does. They want to avoid that Derrick Rose rule at all costs.

  • shockexchange

    Kyrie had better get ready to discuss it. His contract extension (or lack there of) is causing controversy. In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, controversy sells newspapers and journalists are going hound Kyrie about it until he capitulates.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    And Cavs fans were just starting to get excited again…

  • 23

    Yep, big men like udonis haslem and Chris Anderson.

  • MUBWAR

    huh?

  • BugEyes

    LeBron James is considered a big man, in today’s game and played power forward a lot in the playoffs oh I forgot Chalmers and Cole won them the last 2 get it together

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Wait..what?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Wonder how Cleveland will react when Kyrie bounces

  • RKJ92

    Kyrie is restricted though correct?

  • LLC#12

    I think you replied to the wrong comment.

  • Caboose

    He….can’t?

  • Dfrance

    Yup, the big men on the Heat totally… wait.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    doesn’t matter. if he qualifies for that contract and doesn’t get it? I wouldn’t want to be cleveland 4 years from that day.

  • spit hot fiyah

    when he takes the qualifying offer for one year and risks getting hurt and losing out on long term guaranteed money? yeah ok

  • The Seed

    Inside information, he wants to play for LA Lakers.

  • BugEyes

    LeBron is considered a big man, he is bigger and stronger than faired and all those guys and he is a big man. he was always in the post and getting rebounds guarding d west. he is a big man in today’s game. and if your a man of scholar just go thtew history?? Will Irving ever win a title with ISO and shooting 3s? He is not worth max. skip the LeBron bit he don’t count, he is something else I can’t categorize him

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s not inside information.

  • RKJ92

    Ahhh ya that’s true, sucks for Cleveland though seems like they’re finally getting a pretty solid roster together, I was pulling for them since Bron’ left.. this will deff set them back :/

  • ak

    Kobe’s son is coming home.

  • Corky

    You know what…

    Get this man a prize. He makes some great points.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Uh oh,,,,,,
    He’s taking his talents to__________
    Fill in blank.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, if he doesn’t qualify it doesn’t matter. and if he signs before the end of next season, it also won’t matter. really not a huge risk, but i assume that’s why they approached him if they did.

  • http://www.ysthedj.com/ YS

    Big picture, position doesn’t matter when talking about LeBron. He and Jordan are the exception to the “you need a big man” rule

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Big men with star guards win championships (Shaq/Kobe, Duncan/Parker/Ginobili, KG/Pierce/Allen). Or superstar wingplayer combinations (Jordan/Pippen, LeBron/Wade). Only exceptions in recent memory are Olaujuwon and Dirk Nowitzki.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The Dream won his first ring with Elie, kenny smith and vernon maxwell who were right around that 2nd tier of capable backcourt players and the 2nd ring……drexler??? Maybe just leave this to the adults.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    He had Luc Longley and Bill Wennington (I affectionately dub “the butcher”) there are no exceptions.

  • Superbrain786

    Future Knick! BOOK IT

  • Sancheezie

    you forgot Horry. big shot Bob

  • JL

    Yeah it is, it’s inside his head.

  • JL

    He’ll discuss it when they can offer it. What is there to discuss now? I think more interesting is Wall getting the max when (I didn’t realize this before) he hasn’t even made an all star game. Is that some kind of record?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Mario Elie, Kenny Smith, Vernon Maxwell and old Clyde Drexler were star players? Really? You can’t believe that. Important players, yes. But none were stars. Read what I wrote. The gap between Hakeem and the next best player was huge. Same with Dirk and the rest of that Mavs team.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    You can make a case that Drexler was still a star. But not on the level he was in Portland and definitely not close to Hakeem’s level. The point is most championship teams have two players that are top tier players. Houston only had 1. Dallas only had 1. They are the only exceptions in recent memory.

  • danpowers

    big IF, but IF andrew bynum’s knees would stop bothering him, this cavs team could be huge and then it wouldnt be too suprising if irving commited to them long term.

  • Basketball Coach

    I agree with the big IF, but Bynum’s knee will always bother him though, if the Cavs gets more talents on their team that would make more sense.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • http://www.ysthedj.com/ YS

    *elite, my bad

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yes. Really. Olajuwon wasnt winning anything without his supporting cast. Horry and
    DREXLER played incredible. Stars.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The gap between players….. gap between jordan and pippen??

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    The gap between Hakeem and the next best player was huge compared to the gap between Jordan and Pippen even with Jordan being who he was. Jordan and Pippen were a legit 1 and 2 option. Hakeem was a 1 playing with at best a 3 option with Drexler and a bunch of lesser players who were specialists…3 point shooters.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Robert Horry wasn’t a star. Hit big shots throughout his career. But never a star.

  • Joe

    What about 2004 Pistons?

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