With free agency starting on July 1, sources close to ESPN’s Chris Broussard have reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are flying out to New Jersey on Monday to offer All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving a maximum deal. Once free agency begins on Tuesday, Irving will become eligible to sign a five-year contract extension worth $90 million with the Cavaliers. Irving, the two-time All-Star, has played in 181 games over his three-season career, averaging 20.7 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from three and 86.2 percent from the free throw line.
Broussard also pointed out that Irving is very happy with the team’s decision to bring on David Blatt as the new head coach. The discussion has been described as “the most positive talk I’ve heard between Kyrie and Cavs.”
After the final game of last season, this is what Irving had to say when asked about signing a max contract this offseason via The Plain Dealer:
I’ve been part of this, and I want to continue to be part of this. We’ve made some strides in the right direction, especially as an organization. I want to be part of something special. I don’t have a definitive answer to that right now.