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In old interview, Kyrie Irving tells children he won’t leave Cavaliers like LeBron did (VIDEO)

Oct 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

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Kyrie Irving has been saying he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers in free agency a lot the last few months, though he’s mostly qualified it slightly by adding the words “right now” into any conversation surrounding the topic.

Making its way around the Web right now is Irving’s two-year-old answer to the question, posed by a child during a recent community appearance (as seen in the video clip below, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sntinel). Back then, with the LeBron James scar much more fresh,  Irving was much more straightforward about his plans.

The question, of course, had to be phrased for the most dramatic effect possible.

“Are you going to leave us like LeBron left us?” asked one of the children, who seemed innocent enough.

“It’s a great question,” was Irving’s response. “Um, no, I won’t leave. I’m not leaving.”

It’s worth pointing out that Irving can’t leave anytime soon, at least not if the Cavaliers want him to stay. The team has a contract option that they will most certainly pick up for next season, and can retain the right to match any offer Irving may receive as a restricted free agent the year after that by simply extending him a qualifying offer.

If Irving continues on his current trajectory, he’ll be in line for a max contract from the Cavaliers that will begin in the 2015-16 season, and go for a minimum of three years (if Irving negotiates an opt-out clause). We’re a long way away from him even having the ability to leave Cleveland, but it probably doesn’t hurt for fans in the city to hear him say he’s going to stay anyway. No matter how old the footage is.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Yeah, Bron Bron said that once too. :(

  2. elwaysagenius - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    So how’s he going to leave them?

  3. kingbeason52 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Not really a comparable situation considering James was there a lot longer then Irving has been.. which gave the Cavs more time to put pieces around James and failed to do that..Lets see if he feels this way after his next contract is about to expire he and is leading the Cavs to the number seed in the East by himself..

  4. Kevin Ferrigan - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Poor kid.

  5. stuckingeebs - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Yeah Cleveland did nothing for LeBron except sign all the guys he wanted. Maybe if Bron would have been patient Cleveland wouldn’t have had to overpay and give up assets for guys like Jamison, Shaq and Mo Money. Remember LeBron almost f

  6. stuckingeebs - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Yeah Cleveland did nothing for LeBron except sign all the guys he wanted. Maybe if Bron would have been patient Cleveland wouldn’t have had to overpay and give up assets for guys like Jamison, Shaq and Mo Money. Remember LeBron almost forced a trade for Stoudemire one year because he didn’t want to wait around on JJ Hickson.

    Players should never have control over their GMs

    • tontoepstein - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Are you sure you’re not Danny Ferry using an alias? That’s gotta be the dumbest post I’ve read today.

  7. gofinsgoheatfloria - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    The child may have been “innocent”, but the adult who wrote the question for the child to read off the card was not.

  8. deeballer - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    He’ll leave by retiring early because when was the last time he finished a season without an injury?

  9. rodge1 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Dan Gilbert wrote the question for the kid.

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