Despite persistent media rumors that Kyrie Irving isn’t very happy in Cleveland, the All-Star point guard — who’s eligible for a contract extension this summer — continues to insist that he’s looking to create a bright future with the Cavaliers. Per the Plain Dealer:
“I’ve been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this,” he said. “We’re making strides in the right direction, especially in this organization. I want to be part of something special, and I want to be part of something special in Cleveland.
“I don’t have a definitive answer to that right now, but it’ll be something special. I can guarantee that.”
The Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Irving this summer.
“It’s a big deal for me and my family if they do offer that. It would be exciting, and I’ll make the best decision for me and my family. That’s what it’s going to boil down to for myself.”
Irving said he might have grown more this season than in any other in his three-year NBA career – even though his .429 shooting was the lowest of his career.
“This year was a constant learning year,” Irving said. “This was a learning year for me, strictly that. I learned a lot about myself, about being a better point guard from all aspects of the game and becoming a better leader. That, right there, is a work in progress. I’m a work in progress, and I’ve already admitted that.”
“I’m pretty sure Coach (Mike) Brown will be back – which I’m happy about,” Irving said. “Until anything happens, I’m not worried about anything with a coaching change or anything with an organizational change or players leaving, or anything like that. I finished the season strong, we all finished the season strong with one another, and it’s a brotherhood here. That’s the only thing I’m worried about – taking my game to the next level with my teammates.”