I’d Stay in Cleveland for $90 Million Also. Kyrie Irving Inks New Deal with Cavaliers
It’s been a question of whether he wanted to walk away from Cleveland, but it appears that Kyrie Irving has inked a new deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $90 million over the next five seasons.
According to ESPN, that’s the max deal that would have been allowed under the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. If he wouldn’t have accepted the deal, he would have been stuck in Cleveland for two more years as it is.
I guess if you put it that way, I’d take the $90 million also to stay an extra three years. With a max deal, Irving will be surrounded by a nucleus that includes Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins…and Anthony Bennett? Whatever the case, Irving is a rich man.
Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert tweeted about the deal right before midnight
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 1, 2014
Just a couple of hours later, Irving showed his support and confirmed the deal.
I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!! and I’m ecstatic!! Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special.#ClevelandKID
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) July 1, 2014
Now it might end up truly being a “long haul” for the Cavaliers if the young core that they have doesn’t develop in the right way. Better yet, it really has been throughout their history outside of the LeBron years. If he is able to take control of the team and push them all forward, we could see a resurgence of this franchise again.
With that comes pressure. With a $90 million paycheck sitting above his head, Irving is officially “The Guy” in Cleveland. It will be up to him to make it happen in the eyes of the fans and Gilbert. Luckily for Irving, the pressure to win immediately won’t be excessive. Give it a couple years and we’ll see where the franchise sits.
And if it fails, well at least for Irving he is taking $90 million to the bank.