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Kyrie Irving agrees to five-year max extension, Cavs owner tweets

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Kyrie Irving (USATSI)
Kyrie Irving has agreed to a five-year extension with the Cavaliers. (USATSI)

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted early Tuesday morning that he and star Kyrie Irving have come to a "handshake" agreement on a five-year presumably max-extension. Gilbert had reportedly flown East to meet with Irving on Monday night.

The move is a significant one. It comes after the Cavs just drafted Andrew Wiggins No. 1 with their third No.1 draft pick of the past five years, and comes after a series of rumors about Irving's intention to reject such a max extension. There have been tensions within the organization according to reports with Irving's attitude stemming all the way back to Irving's dispirited behavior at a fan appreciation night two years ago and what is considered an ongoing conflict with guard Dion Waiters.

Irving has stagnated to a degree since his breakout rookie season, but still averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season on 43 percent shooting and 36 percent from the arc in a career-high 71 games. The move locks up their frachise player and puts to rest any sort of controversy over his future.

The contract is reportedly set at five years, $95 million.

 
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