Many recent reports have suggested that Kyrie Irving will soon be looking for a way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It didn’t take long for Irving himself to address the rumors. He didn’t really deny them by reassuring he will stay with the franchise over an extended period of time, but he did try to tone down the contract talk after the Cavaliers went through yet another blowout loss.
“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.”
A lot of things can change between now and the offseason, but it’s really only a matter of time before Irving becomes fed up with all the losing. His numbers are down from last season, and it doesn’t feel like he is a happy camper playing for the Cavs. Bringing in Luol Deng was supposed to make the Cavs a more serious contender to make the playoffs, but it hasn’t really worked out. If Deng ends up leaving next summer, Kyrie will likely carefully consider his options as well.