Mar 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) celebrates after a three point basket during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-94. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Columnist Goes Behind the Scenes In Kyrie Irving Deal


Factory Lines is a three-day per week assembling of Cleveland sports headlines. Factory Lines appears every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Factory loves it when a plan comes together, and that’s exactly what happened in the Cavs’ courting of Kyrie Irving, as detailed in this behind-the-scenes story from Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto.

It’s interesting how new general manager David Griffin is portrayed as treating the Cavs’ All-Star. Griffin wanted to build a strong relationship with the budding superstar, but he didn’t want to let Irving call the shots, as LeBron James did with Danny Ferry.

Per Pluto regarding the Cavs’ coaching search:

“After the season, Griffin kept Irving and other key players informed about the coaching search. He didn’t ask their input. But he wanted them to know what candidates were serious. So he told the players about Blatt, who had just won a Euroleague title for Maccabi Tel Aviv.”

Pluto also writes about Irving doing his homework on the Cavs, and how his camp liked the moves made by owner Dan Gilbert and Griffin to improve. New coach David Blatt immediately called Irving after taking the job, and Irving was pleased with the hiring of Tyronne Lue as assistant head coach.

“Irving believes Lue can help him become a better player. Furthermore, the Irving family was impressed that Lue joined the Cavs.”

There’s a lot of neat tidbits in the story about how the Cavs courted Irving, and it’s definitely worth the read.

• A potential contract extension for Brian Hoyer continues to dominate Browns’ headlines, as it was reported Monday that the Cleveland native might ride the 2014 campaign out so that he can test the free agent waters after the season.

Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, spoke on the matter Tuesday with SiriusXM NFL Radio:

In an interview with Bleacher Report, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot gave a 30 percent chance of a deal getting done, while adding that the new pact would have to be “creative.”

• Ohio State football fans will watch closely as prized recruits Justin Hilliard, of Cincinnati St. Xavier, and Jashon Cornell, St. Paul (Minn.), make their college decisions this morning.

Hilliard, was ranked as a five-star linebacker by 247Sports, and  listed his top choices as Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan in May. Besides Ohio State, Cornell, a defensive end, listed Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State as his other top schools.

Both will announce their decisions in separate press conferences beginning at 10 am. Scarlet and Gray faithful can tune in to see where these prospects will spend their college days on ESPN.com’s Recruiting Nation page.

 

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