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Kyrie Irving’s contract actually falls short of max

Jul 29, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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I couldn’t understand how Kyrie Irving got both a player option and the full 30 percent possible through the Derrick Rose rule on his contract extension.

After all, Paul George set the market by taking just 27 percent in order to get that fifth-year player option.

Turns out, contrary to a previous report, Irving didn’t actually get the full 30 percent.

Irving will receive just 27.5 percent of an adjusted NBA salary cap if he triggers the Derrick Rose rule by winning MVP or getting voted an All-Star starter next season, according to Mark Deeks of

The actual amount of money at stake won’t be known until the 2015-16 salary cap is set next year, once Irving playing out the final season of his rookie-scale contract. But using the NBA’s projected salary cap of $66.3 million, we can estimate the figures.

  • The burgundy line represents what Irving would make if he doesn’t win MVP or get voted an All-Star starter next season.
  • The gold line represents what he would make if he wins MVP or gets voted an All-Star starter next season
  • The black line represents what Irving would have made if he won MVP or got voted an All-Star starter next season – and had signed for the full max.


If Irving neither wins MVP or gets voted an All-Starter, his contract extension will be worth the max possible amount (about $89 million). If he achieves either of those honors, he’d gain about $9 million. However, he could have gained more than $16 million.

By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner, 2019 rather than 2020. In about five years – or one if Irving reaches neither applicable Rose-rule condition – we’ll know whether that paid off for him.

  1. clownsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Still not worth the $$$

  2. chicagosports2014 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Cleveland got aye ole street ball team hahahahahehe very entertaining, but dats it!

  3. sumkat - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Most likely gets the starter spot in the East. He’s going to have 10x more publicity than anyone else, the Cavs are going to be a story every night. He wont be in the running for MVP, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s the favorite to start in the East for the all-star team this year

    • shanelsweet - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Not enough Cavs fans for that to happen. If DRose can play, he’ll be the starter once the fans vote.

      • balsagna - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        You’re discounting bandwagon Lebron fans voting for Kyrie.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Irving is about to blow up.

      • savvybynature - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        ^^See, Lebron bandwagoners already hard at work hyping Irving as the next big thing, and the season hasn’t even started.

  4. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Boo fuc@&$! who!

  5. whitey11177 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I wonder how Kyrie feels about not being “the man” in Cleveland anymore.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Kyrie Irving is a 2 time all star, 1 time all star starter and 1 time all star MVP. All this at 22 years of age. He doesn’t need anyone here or anywhere else hyping him. He’s the real deal.

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