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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 3:10 pm  |  42 responses

Kyrie Irving Has Reportedly Made it Known He Wants Out of Cleveland

Kyrie Irving has, time and again, publicly denied that he’s unhappy in Cleveland. However, reports contradicting this stance continue to hound him – the latest indicates that the All-Star point guard has for years let the Cavs know that he doesn’t want to stick around for the long haul. Per ESPN:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will offer Irving a maximum contract extension once they’re allowed to on July 1, and if he hasn’t signed it by October, the team will likely be forced to trade him before the Oct. 31 deadline for third-year players to extend their contracts.

The Cavs aren’t without leverage. They can match any deal offered if Irving hits restricted free agency in the summer of 2015, and they control his rights through summer 2016. Waiting out that period would cost Irving millions, not to mention open himself up to losing it all should some unforeseen major injury occur. For these reasons, no player in Irving’s position has ever declined to a sign a maximum contract offer.

In his three seasons, the 21-year-old has spent a total of five days above .500, none of them coming after the second week of the season. That’s more a reflection on his team, but it goes to show what Irving, who is currently ranked ninth among point guards in player efficiency rating at 20.04, has overcome to get uncommon national popularity in a small market like Cleveland.

There are those who even wonder whether Irving is truly worth a maximum-level contract, including some within the Cavs organization. His game has regressed a bit this season, particularly from a leadership standpoint, with his clashes with Dion Waiters making headlines, and it has raised a red flag or two in-house.

And while Irving has said all the right things about staying put in public, it’s no secret that Irving’s camp has been making it known for years now the point guard would like to be elsewhere long term. No matter how much he denies it.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    ok sign the qualifying offer and then go where ever you want after that. if not just stay put and deal with it.

  • tico tico

    He’s frail. No matter how much money he signs for, that team is going to see him on the bench more than on the court.

  • Andrew

    PLEASE COME TO NY~ we need a guard and im sure kyrie just wants the spotlight!

  • Jeremy de Sa

    Overrated so far but he’s only 21 which is terrifying considering his skillset. Built for all star games and mixtapes

  • ALEX B

    man you better leave and do what is best for you and your family. Bro at the end of the day you want to win a ring rite well your not getting it with the cavaliers no time soon

  • notoner

    “In his three seasons, the 21-year-old has spent a total of five days above .500, none of them coming after the second week of the season.”

    I present to you, the Cavs in a nutshell.

  • Fro Sales

    Isaiah Thomas from the Sac Kings puts up better numbers than him….

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    This is the league our ‘KING’ has created; either your a superteam, or nah.

  • Jay Brodes

    knicks or lakers..count me in!!! go kyrie!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Isaiah is a really really good player, but his numbers are only marginally better, and he has a much much better supporting cast and system around him, not that surprising.

  • Christine Paul

    that team is going to see him on the bench more than on the court.

  • bike

    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

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    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/gossip.html#G8d2mCUQtuvpIcxB.99
    Remember the last time a similar rumor circulated around this fine city?
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    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

  • JJ Jones

    So what kind of letter will dan gilbert send him when he leaves?

  • JJ Jones

    Lebrons vision coming to fruition. Honestly this is prpbably what he had in mind when he said he wanted to leave his mark on the league on mt rushmore. Being the greatest not just from the game perspective but the business side as well

  • Blarmac

    They’ll offer max, he’ll take it or either negotiate one of those DRose style step-ladder contracts.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    or that’s the way the NBA has always been

  • Shaun

    This isn’t lebron’s dream this is the by product of the NBA salary structure. A true star in this league knows what he is going to get paid no matter where he goes. So the only question they have to answer now is what city do i want to live in and which situation is best to build my legacy. Teams in cities like cleveland are going to struggle because harder salary cap is only going to make this worse.

  • Daniel Noel

    exactly!!

  • JJ Jones

    U misunderstood what I was trying to say. Lebron has always talked of being the greatest but to do that includes more than just basketball but marketing and impact on the league as well. You have to admit that ever since the big three got together in miami that the general consensus has changed to needing 3 max players to win a title. Not that this current situation exactly is what hes dreamed about but the impact of him changing the landscape of the nba is. Remember he even said rhat he would like to see less teams and more superteams in general

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    Thanks Jones; what I posted earlier could be read in a positive or negative light. Positively from what you stated above, or negatively because he’s the new ‘NBA standard’; the league moves how he moves. As a fan I would have loved to see Cavs vs. Heat vs. Raptors. So the expectation of any non-winning star staying with their non-winning team is now unrealistic.

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    True, there’s always been 3-5 super teams in the league but it isn’t necessarily the fact that the Heat exists… It’s HOW they came to be. It was the real reason for the lockout. Unless it happens through a natural process with a star that’s willing to stick it out, it’s gonna be pretty hard for small market teams to keep any player with a 2k rating of 81 or higher anymore.

  • Conor TheSanitizer Belanger

    Isaiah has Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins to utilize. while Kyrie has… well nothing. Deng and Varejao are way too injury prone for Kyrie to fully use them. i bet Kyrie puts up better numbers than Isaiah if he was on Sacramento

  • Vosspacer

    For years he’s been wanting out, when you can still count the number of months he’s been in the league ?

  • pposse

    kyrie apologist cool bro

  • shockexchange

    (Aliyah voice) “I’m sending you a four page letter, and I enclosed it with a kiss … and when I write you, ya better … get it on time … get it on tiiiiiimmmmeeeee!”

  • Smoak E

    melo and kyrie in NY next year u heard it here first

  • Troy

    Don’t post something like this unless talk can prove it. Dude has said time and time again he’s not even thinking about leaving here right now. We’ll know this summer, so kill the clown talk Slam. Oh, the magazine sucks now. Haven’t bought one in years, haven’t even opened one, and that’s not reportedly, it’s a fact.

  • Nick Syl Aldrich Aquino

    GO TO MIAMI!HAHA!

  • JML-G

    so he just wants to move out the returning LeBron’s way, RIGHT (delusional) CLEVELAND FANS?!

  • breakerbreaker19

    Southern Californians be like: “Layyykuuurrrrrrz”

  • Shooting Guard

    lol

  • Shooting Guard

    hahahah

  • Shooting Guard

    it’s been obvious for a long time now

  • JJ Jones

    Lol

  • Marius Slowmann

    Except that Melo will only be in NY for road games next year.

  • Marius Slowmann

    Cool story bro.

  • STAT

    You guys are forgetting that IT2 was the last pick in the draft and Kyrie was the 1st overall right?

  • whynot?

    Fans there in Cleveland might become arsonists the way they routinely, and adeptly burn jerseys.

  • BE.water

    Slam thanks you for your view and reply. If you don’t support something, you shouldn’t even show yourself anywhere near/around it.

  • TV63

    WHy in God’s Green Earth would Cavs HIre Brown Back? He was a huge factor why Lebron left so you don’t learn from this and Repeat and Destroy????

  • brothasdontsurf

    just sit out the rest of the season, the Cavs’ natural instinct post-Lebron is to tank after ASW anyway. Kyrie can make a whole series of new Uncle Drew videos if he does!

  • Gavin

    well the Kings suck with Rudy Gay, Demarcus Cousins, and Isaiah Thomas. That’s pretty sad. And whats really sad is they the Spurs highest scorer doesn’t average 18 a night, and Tim Duncan is reaching the end of his career, and they have one of the best records in the NBA. Sacramento, fire your coach. Please.

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