Irving lashes out against rumors

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com


VIDEO: Timeout with Kyrie Irving

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – It’s been less than four years since LeBron James left Cleveland for warmer climes. And it’s already time for Cavs fans to start worrying about losing another No. 1 pick.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added fire to Cleveland’s collective anxiety through a Q & A with Cavs the Blog, in which he said that Kyrie Irving has always wanted out of Cleveland and that the Cavs should trade the point guard if he doesn’t agree to a five-year extension this summer…

The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time – once he signs he loses all of his leverage – so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he’s said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract – which they will – and I don’t even know if he’s a max player, but you have to sign him – sign a five year, no out. That’s what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that’s not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we’ll give you $12 million a year. We’re not giving you the full thing.

Via rumors like this and the Cavs’ disappointing season, Irving’s reputation has taken quite a hit over the last year. And after he got wind of Windhorst’s chatter, the All-Star took to twitter in an attempt to set the record straight…

This will be a big summer for the Cavs. Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes are free agents, while Irving and Tristan Thompson are up for extensions.

Whether Irving is a max player is a question that the Cavs will have to answer. As brilliant as he can look as he’s knifing through defenses, his shooting and scoring efficiency has regressed since his rookie season and his defense has always been poor. Though the Cavs have added talent over the last two years, they’re just 62-114 (.352) in games he’s played.

With Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova running the point with Irving out for eight games recently, the Cavs’ offense had one of its best stretches of the season, keeping them in the playoff picture.

But Friday’s loss in Atlanta likely knocked them out. Irving will become just the second No. 1 pick since Kwame Brown (drafted in 2001) to miss the playoffs in his first three seasons.

The other was John Wall, who is going to the playoffs in season No. 4. If the Cavs invest in Irving (and he invests in them), they need to hope that he can make a similar jump.

35 Comments

  1. Real_NBA_GM says:

    Send Kyrie to Boston

  2. luckyfri says:

    if irving would be really good, he should easily reach east playoff. everyday i see irving highlights- but not wins. hghliched playoghts only count if you win or fight. neither does he. the last 4 years the cavs always picked top 5. if thoose dont make you win, hope once you select better and dont pay for unrea

  3. Dmoney24 says:

    Kyrie come to the Lakers and play with kobe! Lakers in need of a PG thats really all there missing when kobes back healthy next season.

  4. Kyrie Irving says:

    Im Leaving Cleveland and Going To The New York Knicks

  5. Benny Blanco says:

    Melo, Love, Tyson, Amarae N Kyrie its all the knicks can ask for.

  6. Benny Blanco says:

    Kyrie, Love,Melo, Tyson, Amarae, Phil Jackson cna doit

  7. Allycat says:

    Irving as the starting point guard and Kevin love as the starting center for the mavericks! Playing alongside dirk and monta… Repeat of 2011. Got the point guard and the rebounding. Perfect!

    • kek says:

      Dirk, Love monta and irving on the floor together, that must be the worst defense in nba history.

  8. Onetone says:

    Cleveland’s a mess. Free Kyrie!! Run from Cleveland as soon as you can. Lebron is not coming. “You like it? You think Cleveland’s cool? What’s so good about Cleveland?”

  9. Heatlesfor3 says:

    Notice how in those tweets he never actually says he wants to stay in Cleveland?

  10. #1Knicks says:

    kyrie should come to the Knicks and ball out with Melo and Phil Jackson leading the way we would bring rings to MSG for sure

  11. patty2 says:

    MUST LEAVE CLEVELAND! ITS A CURSED BASKETBALL CLUB. so lamee

  12. Yo says:

    Irving and Kevin Love should both sign with the Lakers. KOrbin retires in a few years and those two would be nice together. Love fading to the corner as Ivring is driving/ One two punch … just a thought..

  13. r says:

    norris cole is miami’s sixth man they don’t want to lose him, he’s an amazing leader for their second unit. shane battier is retiring after this season i believe so there will be a spot open for a sharpshooter on miami’s roster. it will probably be carmelo cause pat riley is trying to get lebron to stay in miami. d wade is no longer much of an attraction to lebron because his knees take him out of the game too often. bosh is too good to let go, so for kyrie to make it onto the heat’s roster he will have to take some of d wade’s pay cut. which is fair, and he’s the type of player who could bring what wade brings only kyrie could bring it every night, and i believe wade could teach him a LOT.

    if anyone is likely to get traded it’s rashard lewis. his contract is up after this season and could very well likely go to cavs.

  14. sharq says:

    @Matt those 5 steps can be reduced to: 1. Get LeBron

  15. Captainhook says:

    Fire mike brown.. Was wondering why they hired him back.. Cleveland needs a glue guy like drose, same with what lebron was doing to prevent chaos.. Kyrie, if possible can go to the pelicans..

  16. some dude says:

    Future hall of famer Norris Cole must really hate this lbj troll. He is so anxious to trade him at every opportunity.
    trading Norris cole won’t get you any rings… yada yada yada… lol

  17. theCHI2014 says:

    Kyrie is beyond over rated. They crowned him a “superstar” before he even had the chance to show he was deserving of that title. Still a stellar player, but he needs to work on being a point guard. I see him iso far too much and not getting teammates involved. On the other hand, he hasn’t had much help throughout these couple years.

  18. Dom says:

    Good saying Irving.

  19. archeonix says:

    Kyrie has served his apprenticeship and now needs to put in journeyman years. His focus and decision making are simply not starting point guard playoff team quality, and they won’t be until he serves time under a real taskmaster. Send him to the Heat. Let him try to play a role similar to what James Harden did for the Thunder somewhere. Give him to Doc Rivers to straighten out; or import a superstar who’ll hold him accountable.

  20. archeonix says:

    Kyrie has served his apprenticeship and now needs to put in journeyman years. His focus and decision making are simply not starting point guard playoff team quality, and they won’t be until he serves time under a real taskmaster. Send him to the Heat. Let him try to play a role similar to what James Harden did for the Thunder somewhere. Give him to Doc Rivers to straighten out; or import a superstar who’ll hold him accountable.

  21. Bob M says:

    There is a big difference between having a sick handle and being able to get your shot at any time and winning basketball games. Sure, he has potential, but his game isn’t a championship style game.
    Cleveland will pay him him too much money, he will continue to make crazy highlight reels, and continue to lose.

  22. dustydreamnz says:

    Rod-Kyrie would never go to the Heat because Norris Cole is a future Hall of Famer lol.

  23. lbj says:

    if kyrie wants to win a ring he should force a trade to Miami

    Norris cole and a 2nd round pick for kyrie

    everyone wins

  24. Dude says:

    The better question should be “who would want to play in Cleveland?”

  25. Matt says:

    Heres what needs to happen.

    1. Fire Mike Brown
    2. Trade for Kevin Love. (Entering last year and hes not going to resign with Minnesota)
    3. (Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and 1 round pick for Love)
    4. Resign Hawes and Deng
    5. Get Lebron
    Starting Lineup:
    Hawes, Love, Lebron, Deng, Irving (PLAYOFFS)

  26. tom says:

    the situation in Cleveland has never recovered since lebron left. if your best player doesn’t want to be there then as a franchise your in trouble. waiters is so self centred he forgets he even has a team. luol deng, jarret jack and spencer hawes have wanted to leave since the day they joined. mike brown does not work as a coach, he was good because he had the best player in the league plying for him. being from England I love watching luol play, he is a hero, but the cavaliers are just a team you don’t wanna watch

  27. KingLBjBoy says:

    Y dont u say ur staying

  28. xxELIT3LAK3RFANxx says:

    It’s okay Kyrie, we all know you’ll be joining the Lakers in 2016 with Love, Kobe, and Anthony.

    2017 CHAMPS!!!!

  29. KaashMoneyy94 says:

    Irving to the Knicks! He’d be a great fit and Jackson could bring him in. And I’m not even a Knicks fan saying this

  30. Rod says:

    One has to wonder if LaBron’s Camp uses Brian Windhorst as its MInister of Propaganda?

    I get the feeling LaBron would toss Norris Cole under the bus if he, Wade and Bosh could add to their stable.

  31. okc2014 says:

    *I meant to say that the Cavaliers played better while Kyrie was out, and Dion Waiters picked up the slack very well.

  32. okc2014 says:

    I had high hops for this team coming into the season.The Cavs played better while (I.e. Waiters) was out. Don’t care enough about this team to state whether or not he (Kyrie) is worth a maximum contract. It’s Cleveland’s money to invest (or waste).

  33. cp10 says:

    Leave Kyrie alone!!!

  34. Patty says:

    WHY WOULD THE CLEVELAND FRONT OFFICE FIRE ANYONE IN REGARDS TO Irving. IRVING IS BAD NEWS. HE WILL NOT PLAY THE WHOLE SEASON NEXT YEAR!