Score one for the Cleveland Cavaliers when it comes to retaining a star player and stealing some of the thunder from the opening of the NBA market for free agents.
Kyrie Irving agreed to a five-year, $90-million maximum contract extension early Tuesday morning after meeting with Coach David Blatt and associate coach Tyronn Lue, Yahoo reports. Never mind that Irving was not among the players who became a free agent when Tuesday morning dawned; the Cavs locked him up with one year left on his contract and grabbed the early-morning headlines from LeBron James.
Irving, who can’t sign the extension until the NBA’s free-agent moratorium ends July 10, liked what he heard from Blatt and Lue and “that’s what helped sell Kyrie on taking this deal,” his agent, Jeff Wechsler, told Yahoo. Irving tweeted his delight, saying he was “ecstatic” in a tweet shortly after 2 a.m.
I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!! and I’m ecstatic!! Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special.#ClevelandKID
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) July 1, 2014
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 1, 2014