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Cleveland Cavaliers Don’t See Kyrie Irving as a Max-Contract Player
- Updated: May 24, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Kyrie Irving hasn’t come out and said it directly, but has hinted at wanting out. Now it appears the Cavs are willing to part ways with the 2014 All-Star Game MVP.
The team doesn’t see him as a max-contract type player and don’t have any plans of paying him like one this summer, according to the New York Daily News.
The Cavs are making noises that they aren’t going to offer Kyrie Irving “max money’’ this summer via a long-term extension. They don’t want to deal the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, but it could come to that, especially if the West Orange product and his family continue to tell people that he wants out. Irving hasn’t been a leader in his first three seasons and he’s also gained the unwelcomed reputation as a locker-room problem. Those are two reasons the Cavs don’t see him as a max player.
“He was just handed too much, too soon,’’ said one source. “You’ve got to make these young guys earn it, and that’s where this team did a bad job with him.’’
This could be the second time the Cavaliers will have lost a former first overall pick to free agency. The first was LeBron James, but losing Irving wouldn’t have nearly the same affect on the organization as losing the King did.
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