Pushing aside all national (read: New York-based) rumors and innuendo, Cleveland’s own Terry Pluto reports that the Cavaliers will, in fact, offer Kyrie Irving a maximum contract extension once the league-mandated July 1 window opens.
My sources tell me that the Cavs have had no doubts about offering Irving the 5-year deal, and will do so. Once July 1 arrives — the first date that an extension can be offered — the Cavs will set up a meeting with Irving. They will present their All-Star guard with a contract extension, a 5-year deal in the $90 million range (or whatever is the maximum number).
The hope is that he will sign the five-year deal, much like John Wall did with Washington before the 2013-14 season. That was a signal to Washington’s players and fans that he was committed to the team. And yes, Wall’s commitment did help the Wizards come together as a team and make the playoffs, upsetting Chicago in the first round.
There had been plenty of national types reporting that the Cavaliers did not view the two-time All-Star as a maximum-type player—this view was bizarrely supported by some local reporters who backpedaled from their original stance. Pluto states that the Cavs’ goal is to have a new coach in place. Once this is finalized, General Manager David Griffin, the coach and the 22-year-old Irving discuss the future. If Irving doesn’t seem interested in an extension, however, that could lead to a trade though he is under contact until 2016.
Pluto speculates that the head coach will be one of the three veteran names—Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry or Vinnie Del Negro. The team is likely to have a coach in place by this month’s NBA Draft.
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