Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 10:10 am  |  25 responses

Kyrie Irving ‘Pretty Sure’ He Will Stay in Cleveland


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Following a report that Kyrie Irving has been privately telling people that he’s unhappy in Cleveland and wants to leave the Cavaliers, the All-Star point guard was grilled by reporters following a 117-86 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Irving didn’t exactly squash the rumors that he wants out, but said he’s “pretty sure” that he will be in wine and gold for a long time.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal:

“There’s been so much so-called reports coming out that I don’t want to be here. That’s what you guys get paid to do, but that’s just so much negative attention,” Irving said following the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the Knicks. “I know we’re struggling, but it’s not about me. It’s about our team. It’s about us fighting every day for each other and me fighting for my teammates.

“Yes, I’m in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about me and it’s not about this controversy, ‘Do I privately want out when my contract is up?’ I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time. I’m not saying anything to tell the future, but I’m pretty sure the relationship I have with Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court. I enjoy being here.”

Irving has grown increasingly media savvy, and this is a very cagey way to appease Cavs fans.

When asked point-blank about signing a five-year max deal this summer, Kyrie stopped short of committing himself:

“It’s still too early to say. I’m still trying to get through this season,” he said. “Everybody is trying to antagonize this team and put it on me. I’m here for my teammates, I’m here for Coach Brown and the coaching staff and I’m going to play my heart out every single night for the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three in a row, and fallen to 16-30 in an increasingly disastrous season.

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  • Redd

    It’s Cleveland..can’t blame him.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Man he better learn how to pass.

  • Harvey

    Make it happen Mitch…

  • Dfrance

    I’d stay too if a team let me routinely dribble the air outta the d@mn ball possession after possession. He has his moments, but overall his game is not that fun to watch.

  • spit hot fiyah

    you would also say if u were a restricted free agent and the team wanted to keep you like irving’s case in cleveland. he doesn’t really have a choice unless he is going to accept the qualifying offer, which he won’t

  • JJ Jones

    I call bs and I dont blame him. Its hilarious that people think that lebron would choose this sh*hole over the palm trees of south beach.

  • Charlotte Frank


    ◛◛◛ ◛◛�◛ ◛◛�◛◛ ◛◛◛ ◛◛◛It’s about our team. It’s about us fighting every day for each other and me fighting for my teammates.

  • Adam Webber

    overrated. Lillard is a much better young pg

  • Adam Webber

    Take tht scam makingmoney elsewhere

  • Saleem Rainman

    anddddd im “pretty sure” he wont.

  • andrew

    unless lebron comes back to the cavs (could happen)

  • spit hot fiyah

    lebron made the decision once he wasn’t a restricted FA. kyrie’s situation is different, he really doesn’t have a choice right now

  • danpowers

    well, its not that lebron would spend much time outside the gym during the season and playoffs. i guess he aint too broke to jet between miami and cleveland whenever he feels like palms and beaches and his brand shouldve cashed in enough to be fine playing in a smaller market. i wouldnt be suprised if he was 50/50 between the cavs and the heat.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i don’t even like irving. but lillard is two years older than him, averages less assist than irving (who already has a very low number for a starting pg playing a lot of minutes) and lillard shoots a worse percentage from the field. both are terrible on defense so that is a push. lillard is probably just as overrated

  • b

    you really think he would go back? do you remember all that bs with dan gilbert? id say these a 5% chance at best he goes back. the cavs are a terrible team too.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    In retrospect right now Kyrie obviously regrets leaving Duke after one season and bolting to the NBA knowing that Cleveland was gonna draft and even tho he has become an elite point guard at just age 21 and a superstar talent all this losing has taking it’s toll on him and Kyrie could not save Cleveland after LeBron soldout and left town by this time next year he will demanding to be traded from the wasteland and cesspool known as Cleveland #FREEKYRIE

  • danpowers

    idk man. people forget and forgive. who knows, maybe it was just a big show between him and gilbert back then. if lebron actually returned and they actually managed to win a ring, boy, that would be like a basketball fairy tale. he would finally fulfill the promise he gave back then and would retire with a pretty unique story. on the other hand, why should he bother to leave miami? 3 finals appearences, 2 chips, nothing left to prove imo, why not enjoy the sun and play it out there? i just dont think going elsewhere (miami / cleveland) would make much sense for him

  • JJ Jones

    This lebron is obsessed with winning and in cleveland winning doesnt exist.

  • JJ Jones

    He doesnt have a choice NOW but make no make mistake the day he hits free agency hes gone.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    In other matters.
    STEPH CURRY IS OVERRATED. He’s fascinating to watch, and we all know if he didn’t shoot at such a high percentage, that he woul’d last in the L, son of Del or no. I got into him last year (Curry) and rode the Warriors into the playoffs. In “THAT” game for GS, versus San Antonio; in the final minute when GS has a chance to get a solid bucket, you know, get fouled, shoot an open j – Curry gets over half court (barely), goes for another hero basket, and gets blocked by KLeonard and loses the game. It’s totally Curry’s fault GS didn’t win game one last year. In other words, he takes terrible shots. I’ve watched the Warriors this year & it’s an obvious fact:
    He takes terrible shots.
    If I was a coach, make or not, I would take him out of the game with ONE of those shots, because he’s that bad. I don’t know how Jackson takes it… it must drive him mad.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    It’s getting worse, granted. He’s bored.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah in 5 years

  • The Seed

    Tell us why you mad, really Steph Curry is overrated. Thompson, Barnes, AI all take bad shots on that team. Go watch the film, that’s how that team plays. It works for them. They lost that series vs. Spurs, because of coaching, Mark Jackson should have call more timeouts in tight situations, and went to the clipboard. Also Jack was going for Hero shots with Curry too, but overall Thompson played a up and down series for them. I would take Curry over any point guard in the NBA, not named Westbrook. BOOK IT!!

  • JML-G

    no it couldnt happen

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