Leading up to the NBA draft lottery, there were reports the Cleveland Cavaliers were not going to offer Kyrie Irving a max contract extension and were fielding calls for the All-Star.
According to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers will be offering Irving the five-year deal in the $90 million range:
“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).”
Having said that, if Irving isn’t interested in an extension on July 1, the team will potentially look to deal him:
“Now, if Irving doesn’t seem interested in an extension, that could lead to a trade.”
While there will continue to be speculation, Los Angeles could be a potential trading partner should Irving not be interested in an extension. There was a recent report that Irving would find the Lakers to be an attractive destination especially if they were to hire his former coach and Laker, Byron Scott.
With the NBA Draft less than 20 days away, the Lakers will explore all of their options including potentially trading the pick. The team has been rumored to make a “monster push” for Minnesota’s Kevin Love and if Irving doesn’t want to sign an extension to remain in Cleveland, he could also be a potential target.
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