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Report: Kyrie Irving has been telling people he wants to leave Cleveland Cavaliers

Jan 30, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went 21-45 Kyrie Irving’s rookie year, 24-58 his second year and are 16-29 in his third year.

It’s 27 degrees in Cleveland right now, the warmest it’s been there in days.

Why wouldn’t Irving want out?

Apparently, he’s struggling to find reasons, too.

Chad Ford of ESPN:

Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out. Cleveland can’t afford to lose him and LeBron. They know the urgency. I expect them to be major players at the deadline.

If Irving needs a reminder why he should stay in Cleveland, here it is: money. Lots and lots of money.

Irving is in just his third season.

LeBron spent seven seasons with the Cavaliers before bolting for Miami. Ditto Chris Bosh with the Raptors. Carmelo Anthony was with the Nuggets seven-and-a-half seasons before forcing a trade to New York. Dwight Howard didn’t force his way out of Orlando until he already spent eight years with the Magic.

The NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is designed to keep elite first-round picks with their original team at least six-to-eight years. A player choosing to leave sooner – and he won’t even get full control of the decision until after his fifth year at the soonest – comes at a significant cost.

Irving is under contract for $7,070,730 next season. Not much he can do about that besides pout.

The following summer, he’ll be a restricted free agent.

He can accept  a one-year, $9,191,949 qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 – the very soonest he can reach that status. Or, in 2015, Irving can sign a five-year contract worth more than $80 million (even more if he starts next season’s All-Star game or makes at least the All-NBA third team this season and next) with the Cavaliers. He could also accept a little less from another team on a four-year deal. However, the Cavaliers would have the option to match that contract, and they surely would.

So, $9,191,949 or more than $80 million? What do you think Irving will choose?

He might want to leave the Cavaliers, but the odds of it happening anytime soon are low.

  1. billtetley53 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    the gr8. look no further than kb2408 for your delusional laker fan.

    shutta is a punk kid, who knows no better. kb is a 40 year old man, he has no excuses for his postings. He’s a straight up moron.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      so he’s the anti-antistratfordian?

  2. evermench - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Winning cures all. Get some defenders and move into the top 10 in D. Defence wins. Cavs have weak D. Therefore they lose a lot. Its not that complicated.

  3. beast2727 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Jr smith for Irving would be a steal for the cavs

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      That’s true but why would the Knicks want to do that? Maybe if CLE threw in a 1st round pick and/or took one of their bad contracts off their hands.

      • basedrum777 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM


  4. gquesen - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Dan Gilbert really is an atrocious owner.

  5. spg3081 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM



    You forgot Dirk taking the veteran minimum and Aldridge (89%)

  6. jolink653 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Why are Lakers fans constantly under the impression that everyone wants to play for them? What free agents have bolted their teams to go to LA because the Lakers are supposed to be the league’s “top franchise”? You weren’t Howard’s first choice and he couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Stop with this garbage that everyone wants to play for you. They don’t

  7. billtetley53 - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Shutta is a wannabe African American.

    Or, he just went full on moron.

    • shuttaman1990 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Bruh, don’t be jell.
      Lakers all day.

  8. knoxxlive - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    80% huh how u come up with that weird number

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Shutta how bout you go cries to yo mother when da lakers lose for the next decade. (Ugh idk how you can talk like this) that took forever to type

  10. bhunter1995 - Jan 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I can understand his frustration completely. The losing must suck for a guy who won at all levels, and what a waste of a number one pick, there were no immediate 20ppg guys in the draft but there were guys who you knew would be immediate impact players (Like Oladipo) bad ownership is the reason they lose their star players. Lebroncarried a team of role players and below average starters to the finals and even with all of their amazing picks the cavs still suck.

  11. sicko123 - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    If you want him to stay…GIVE HIM REASONS TO STAY! Right now it is really no reason to stay or to be loyal to Cleveland! Lets be honest, nobody is going to sign with Cleveland as a Free Agent so the only hope they have is to draft well or trade for someone that is under contract for awhile which will force them to stay in Cleveland

  12. campcouch - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Always wondered why players should only play for NY or LA. Must be a divine decree…or just their fans. Lakers and the Knicks stink but they haven’t traded Kobe or Melo. The day after Cleveland drafted LeBron,the Knicks fans had some kind of countdown as to when he would leave for NY. Seven years went by and he wound up in Miami. Stay or go,it doesn’t matter,the fans still support the team.

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