Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, in the wake of rumors stating the contrary, claims that he is happy to be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Irving said after the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the New York Knicks.
On Thursday afternoon, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford reported that Irving had been privately telling people close to him that he isn’t long for Cleveland. FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico later reported that Iving’s father, Dredrick, had not-so-privately made it aware that he was unhappy with how the Cavaliers had been utilizing his son’s talents.
Irving, who was voted in as a starter to next month’s All-Star Game, is averaging 21.5 points and 6.2 assists for the 16-win Cavs. He has one more season left on his contract (paying him a little over $7 million) and then would be a restricted free agent if he does not sign an extension with the Cavs before the start of the 2014-15 season. A potential contract extension—which cannot be offered until July 1—would be for five years and be worth up to 30 percent of the Cavaliers’ cap space in the event Irving is either voted to another All-Star team or is named All-NBA.
“People are trying to antagonize this team and put it on me,” added Irving. “I’m here for my teammates. I’m here for Coach Brown.”
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