HoopsHype Kyrie Irving rumors

July 29, 2014 Updates

He signed an almost max contract extension (it’s still a lot of cash). LeBron James decides to return to Cavaliers and Kevin Love may join the two of them. Now Irving is in Las Vegas where it looks as if he will be a key part of Team USA’s plans heading into the World Cup in Spain starting in late August. It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now. Of course, that LeBron thing pretty much tops it all. “At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it,” Irving said of finding out LeBron was indeed coming to Cleveland. “I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard.” NBCSports.com

July 27, 2014 Updates
July 19, 2014 Updates

On top of that, the Cavs landed another No. 1 overall draft pick in Andrew Wiggins, an athletic swingman with a major upside. He only adds to the Cavs' high hopes. But Wiggins has been the subject of trade rumors -- frequently mentioned as a potential trading chip to bring Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love to Cleveland. Irving offered no thoughts on that particular topic. "This whole free-agent period has been a whirlwind, so many rumors, so many guys with inside sources," Irving said. "Until it happens and I get a call from our GM ... other than that, I haven't considered it." FoxSports.com

As Irving mentioned, his next stop is Team USA training camp, which tips off July 28 in Las Vegas. He is one of 19 players battling for a spot on the 12-man roster. Beyond that, it's just a whole lot of being excited that LeBron James is on the team. "It's going to be a pleasure to learn from him," Irving said. "Right now, he's focused on his family. It's time to enjoy the offseason." FoxSports.com

Jason Lloyd: Kyrie on extension: "It was a huge monkey off my back. All the speculation, all the B.S. that was written, I'm glad I got it out of the way" Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

July 14, 2014 Updates

The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

July 11, 2014 Updates

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates. Sports Illustrated

July 10, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that the team and Kyrie Irving have agreed upon and signed a contract extension. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. “We couldn’t be happier to have Kyrie firmly at the core of our Cavaliers team and family for years to come,” said Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin. “He’s already proven he’s among the best in the NBA and we’re excited to watch his continued growth and success. To know that he is all in and shares our high expectations and championship goals is something we’re extremely proud of. It is a clear reflection of how we all view our future together, with Kyrie fully vested in this franchise and the city of Cleveland.” NBA.com

July 7, 2014 Updates
July 3, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers sold Paul in the meeting on a core of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Paul's client, Tristan Thompson, three first-round picks in 2015 and significant salary-cap space. For James, Cleveland would be a homecoming, the reversal of his infamous decision four years go. Yahoo! Sports

July 1, 2014 Updates

The meeting was held in a private room at a New York City restaurant. Irving was there with his father (Drederick Irving) and his agent, Jeff Wechsler. Gilbert led a group that included his partners Jeff Cohen and Nate Forbes. Along with them were General Manager David Griffin, head coach David Blatt and associate head coach Tyronn Lue. Both sides knew what would be the main meal after the food was served -- the possibility of Irving staying with the Cavs. By the time they assembled, it seems Irving was reasonably certain he'd sign the maximum deal. The Cavs wanted a five-year extension. Gilbert didn't want a repeat of 2006, when LeBron James agreed only to a three-year extension, the same tactic used by Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Fans now know why -- all three became free agents in 2010 and signed with Miami. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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