According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to offer a point guard Kyrie Irving a max contract the first day he is eligible for one this July. If Irving signs the deal, it will kick in for the 2015-2016, as Irving’s rookie deal expires after this season. The deal should come in the five-year, $90 million dollar range.
Irving would be the first player in NBA history to turn down a max deal if he did in fact turn down the deal. And despite reports of the Cavs being lukewarm to offering Irving a max deal, it doesn’t make sense not to offer the max. He’s 22 years old, already a borderline elite offensive player and just won the All-Star Game MVP this past February. If he were a normal 22 year old, he would be a senior in college. Think about that for a second.
Obviously, Irving could turn down the deal, but again, no player has ever done so. But if he did reject the offer, the Cavs would be in a weird spot. If he turned down an offer, that would likely mean the Cavs would be in a position where they would have to deal Irving to get something for him before he potentially left in free agency.