An announcement came today regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two-time All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who agreed to sign a contract extension with the Cavs a little over a week ago, has officially signed the dotted line, making him a Cavalier through the 2019-20 season. Although the terms of the contract weren’t made clear, it was reported on June 30 that Irving would sign a five-year, $90 million extension. The Cavaliers’ brass flew out to New Jersey, Irving’s home state, to detail the terms of the contract and to let Irving know they’d be locking him down for good.
Even though the Cavs agreed to terms with Irving one day before free agency started on July 1, the extension couldn’t go into effect until July 10. Even though we know what the deal will roughly cost the Cavs, per league and team policy Cleveland wasn’t allowed to officially announce what Irving will be receiving over the next six seasons. General manager David Griffin had this to say about signing Irving long term via the Cavs official website:
We couldn’t be happier to have Kyrie firmly at the core of our Cavaliers team and family for years to come. He’s already proven he’s among the best in the NBA and we’re excited to watch his continued growth and success. To know that he is all in and shares our high expectations and championship goals is something we’re extremely proud of. It is a clear reflection of how we all view our future together, with Kyrie fully vested in this franchise and the city of Cleveland.
Locking down Irving long term is obviously a huge deal for this franchise. In just three seasons, Irving has been named Rookie of the Year (2011-12) an All-Star point guard twice (2012-13, 2013-14) and an All-Star Game MVP (2013-14). Over his first three seasons, Irving has played and started in 181 games, averaging 20.7 points, 5.8 assists, 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. No matter what happens during this off season, Irving will be the forefront of this franchise for years to comes, and fans should be ecstatic because of that.