Contary to a recent report, the Cleveland Cavaliers intend to offer point guard Kyrie Irving a maximum contract extension as soon as they are allowed to do so, according to the Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto:
My sources tell me that the Cavs have had no doubts about offering Irving the 5-year deal, and will do so. Once July 1 arrives -- the first date that an extension can be offered -- the Cavs will set up a meeting with Irving. They will present their All-Star guard with a contract extension, a 5-year deal in the $90 million range (or whatever is the maximum number).…
The Cavs' goal is to have a new coach in place. Then have General Manager David Griffin, the coach and Irving discuss the future. Now, if Irving doesn't seem interested in an extension, that could lead to a trade.
Cleveland has not been informed that Irving wants out, according to the Plain Dealer, so it makes sense to try to lock him into a deal for as long as possible. Irving not a flawless player -- his defense is a problem, and he should be a better passer with the way he sees the floor -- but he's too talented to handle this situation any differently.
It would be understandable if Irving had reservations about committing to the Cavaliers long-term, as the organization has not surrounded him with the proper pieces to make a playoff run. This year was supposed to be the season where they took the next step, and it did not happen. Still, max money is hard to turn down, and if Cleveland nails its coaching hire, the future will be look pretty good with another No. 1 pick on the way. Even with all the rumors about being unhappy there, it would be surprising if the two sides couldn't work something out.