CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While the Cleveland cavaliers await word from LeBron James, the team made official that Kyrie Irving isn’t going anywhere.
Irving agreed to the 5-year extension shortly before 2 a.m. on July 1 and signed it Thursday after the league’s moratorium lifted the team announced. The extension keeps Irving with the Cavaliers through the 2019-2020 season.
“We are excited that Kyrie has officially committed to be here long-term with the Cleveland Cavaliers,” majority owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement. “The future has never been brighter as we are building the team and franchise for sustainable success. Kyrie is obviously a very big piece of our plan.”
It was the second announcement from the team on Thursday. Earlier in the day the Cavs announced the completion of a 3-team trade which cleared enough salary cap space to be able to sign James to a max-contract.
Irving was selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NBA draft and went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and is a 2-time NBA All-Star, including winning the All Star Game MVP in 2014.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Kyrie firmly at the core of our Cavaliers team and family for years to come,” general manager David Griffin said. “He’s already proven he’s among the best in the NBA and we’re excited to watch his continued growth and success. To know that he is all in and shares our high expectations and championship goals is something we’re extremely proud of.
“It is a clear reflection of how we all view our future together, with Kyrie fully vested in this franchise and the city of Cleveland.”
Last season Irving led all Eastern Conference point guards with 20.8 points, while also averaging 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.2 minutes per game. He was one of only 6 players in the NBA with averages of at least 20 points and six assists per game last season.
In 181 games, Irving has averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.7 minutes for Cleveland.
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