The Cleveland fans who rushed onto the Quicken Loans court thinking in a fit of delusion they were going to convince Kyrie Irving to stay with the team are going to be heartbroken when they hear what ESPN's Brian Windhorst had to say.
The journalist spoke with the ESPN True Hoop-affiliated Cavs: The Blog to breakdown what Irving really thinks about his situation with Cleveland. Cavaliers fans who strongly believe they have a shot at landing LeBron James and Irving on the same team may want to sit down for this one:
The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired.He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time – once he signs he loses all of his leverage – so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he’s said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract – which they will – and I don’t even know if he’s a max player, but you have to sign him – sign a five year, no out. That’s what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that’s not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we’ll give you $12 million a year. We’re not giving you the full thing.
I’m just giving you my feel right now and my feel is that he’s not crazy about [signing the full max extension] unless he gets everything checked off across the board.
So if Irving doesn't accept a contract extension, you already know what's up. Looks like the fans are going to have to come up with better rhetoric than approaching him on court or else it's going to be 2010 again.
[via Cavs: The Blog]