Kyrie Irving gets a maximum, $90 million extension from Cavs


Kyrie Irving got a pitch he liked from the Cavs. (Jason Miller / Getty Images)

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.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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