What was rumored leading up to the start of free agency came to fruition early Tuesday, as the
Though he can't officially sign until July 10, Irving tweeted that he was "ecstatic" to be staying in Cleveland for the "long haul." The extension will take him through the 2019-2020 season. New coach David Blatt, assistant Tyronn Lue sold him on their vision of the future, according to the report.
Irving averaged 20.8 points and 6.1 assists per game in 71 contests last season. He missed a combined 54 games over his first two seasons dealing with injury, but only missed 11 last season.
Irving scored 44 poitns on 16 of 31 shooting, in just his third game back from the injury. He ended the fourth quarter with 37 and then added seven to his total in the overtime period, though his efforts were not enough. He added seven rebounds and eight assists, while also chipping in three steals with just three turnovers in the loss.
Irving is averaging 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game since returning from injury.
Irving missed eight games as a result of the injury, but didn't appear to be rusty at all in his first action back. He scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting and added eight assists and six rebounds in just 28 minutes of action in the 119-98 win.
The Cavaliers kept their playoff hops alive without Irving in the lineup, and now he is back for the stretch run. He has already played in a career-high 65 games, averaging 21.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
Irving hasn't played in eight games due to a biceps injury. He'll start alongside Dion Waiters, who's turned in some of the best performances of his career during Irving's absence.
"If I'm ready to go, I see no reason to stop me," Irving said according to Fox Sports Ohio.
Irving has been nursing a biceps injury, which has forced him to miss the team's previous eight games.
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