The Cleveland Cavaliers have been hinting, via David Griffin, in a big off-season. Cavs fans have been dreaming of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat and many more. Yet the Cavs first move looks to be getting Kyrie Irving to sign his 5 year max contract extension:
As Amico notes, the important question is whether he will sign it or not, it is a forgone conclusion the Cavs were going to offer him the max deal. Broussard made a special note of how Irving has taken to new coach David Blatt:
Could Blatt, the European sensation of a coach really be the big piece that brings Irving along? Blatt’s history with point guards is great and Irving will by far be the most talented he ever coached. Blatt’s offense also emphasizes ball and player movement but gives a ton of control to the point guard. Irving could feast on Princeton’s staples and find himself once again starting the NBA All-Star Game.
For his contract that is actually an important piece. Irving is in line for the “Rose Max” but will need to start the All-Star game or hit other marks in order to meet the expectations and get the full maximum amount of salary from the Cavaliers. Since the extension won’t kick in till next year the Cavs and Irving can negotiate it as the highest allowed salary and see what happens in the season.
Last year Paul George‘s extension took until September to be worked out, so it is possible that some snags could be hit along the way. Irving could take less years giving himself the flexibility but would also risk long term injury and problems. No player coming off a rookie contract has turned down a maximum contract yet. No reason, from the Amico and Broussard tweets, to think Irving will be any different.
Do you think Irving is worth the max deal? What would you do if you were Griffin?