Irving excited about Cavs’ future
CLEVELAND (TSX) — Kyrie Irving is no different than the rest of Cleveland. He’s excited to see native son LeBron James returning to northeast Ohio to play for the Cavaliers next season.
The Cavs’ All-Star point guard can’t wait for the season to get here and have the opportunity to play with James, who announced July 11 in an essay on SI.com that he was leaving the Miami Heat after four seasons.
“I was excited,” Irving said Saturday during his basketball camp in Independence, Ohio, according to Fox Sports Ohio. “You have to empathize with the guy. I think we all felt his emotions with the essay. ... I found out like everyone else found out.”
James’ announcement came one day after Irving secured a five-year, $90 million contract extension.
“I’m glad we got it done,” Irving said. “A couple days later, a guy decided to come back to Cleveland. The rest is history. Now, we’ll let (general manager) David Griffin do his thing. ...
“We wanted to make it as easy as possible. I wanted to show my commitment to them and they wanted to show their commitment to me.”
Irving is waiting to see how the roster takes shape. He will be joined by, at least for now, No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. But Wiggins is reportedly part of the Cavs’ trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves that revolve around obtaining All-Star forward Kevin Love.
Cleveland’s newcomers next season will include veterans Mike Miller, James Jones and possibly Ray Allen, who is said to be considering an offer to join James, his former Miami teammate, in Cleveland or retiring. Irving is waiting to see how the roster eventually shakes out — and whether Love lands in Cleveland.
“This whole free-agent period has been a whirlwind, so many rumors, so many guys with inside sources,” Irving said. “Until it happens and I get a call from our GM ... other than that, I haven’t considered it.”