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NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Won’t Offer Kyrie Irving Max Extension

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Kyrie Irving has taken the NBA by storm in his first two seasons. He quickly became one of the best young players in the NBA, and became an All-Star along the way.

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Unfortunately, the Cavaliers have struggled to improve despite making moves intended to take the team to the next level. And because of Irving’s struggle to lead this team to the playoffs, the team may be reluctant to give him a max extension according to Pro Basketball Talk:

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 is eligible for a max extension this summer, and despite his apparent leadership issues, there is no doubt that he is deserving of a max extension and the Cavs will likely regret not giving him one.

The Minnesota Timberwolves refused to offer Kevin Love a max extension when they had the chance. Now, Love is ready to get out and the T-Wolves will probably have to trade him for far less than equal value, just to get anything for him.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were gifted with the top pick in a draft that is one of the best in years. They have a chance to pair Irving with another potential franchise-changer and turn their team around quickly.

Of course, if Irving really doesn’t want to be in Cleveland, he will find his way out of there. Either way, two of the NBA’s brightest young stars could be on the move soon.
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  • independentbynature

    I’d love to see Irving AND Love come to the Lakers via free agency.I know….I’m dreaming again.Don’t wake me up just yet,though.

    • carew10

      irving is always injured!

    • Badazztj12

      I don’t like love that much, because of his defense. I would rather have defensive guys that just total offensive guys. My Lakers defense just trash lol You know what they say defense wins championships

      • independentbynature

        I agree about defense.If you pair Love with a rim protector center,it would be an awesome combo.You have to have balance.And Love’s rebounding is superb.

        • Badazztj12

          but in draft wont you rather have Noah? He is a defensive anchor, rebounds(led NCAA),boxes-out, a hard worker(Bynum never was), can be a stretch 4, and can post.

          • independentbynature

            I’d rather have Gordon,actually.Love is the ultimate stretch 4.Plus he rebounds like a madman.

          • Badazztj12

            ill have Gordon too… if he was there at our pick. I said Noah V can be a stretch 4. I don’t want a straight stretch 4. A dominant big man would be better in post in crunch time.

          • independentbynature

            I agree.

          • John

            Vonleh is too small, he’s actually 6’6 1/2″, if the Lakers are strictly looking for a defensive 4, they should go after Clint Capela, dude is a true 6’10″ the best shot blocker in this draft, can dribble like a guard, also has the most explosive first step of any big men, Im surprised teams are overlooking this guy.

          • kookiebuger

            Vonleh is 6’8 without shoes, with shoes he’s 6’9.5 so basically 6’10. Capela basketball IQ is low, he can’t spread the floor, can’t make freethrows,poor passer, and a very limited skill set (P-N-R). I would take Vonleh in a heartbeat over Capela.

          • Badazztj12

            he shot 11-19 from the arc in 20 games which is over 50%. He just needs some good coaching, so I hope lakers get hollins, because he looks big men. He shot 70% from the line which I may say is great for a big man. He gets double team a lot being the best player on team and he wasn’t always the number one option in Arizona.

          • Badazztj12

            holly shit my bad man I read that wrong you was talking about Capela lol

          • Badazztj12

            the dude is freaking 6’9 1/2 which is 6’10. I really want to know where you got the info on his size the dude don’t even look 6’6 if you go look at a video of him

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes sir, And trade Pau and Nash for Tyson Chandler and change,

      • comrade24

        i actually think Love would do better defending the 5 position. His issue is mobility on defense, which can be an issue guarding the 4 position but not the 5. There aren’t too many dominant centers left in the league and if need be they can be double teamed. I think this would be an effective solution to Loves apparent defensive issues.

        • Badazztj12

          Love is not totally committed to defense you no. He is not good post defender at all. I want more defense with lakers. Offense can be fun to watch but wont get you no were. Look what happen to golden state. They went cold in the offensive game and couldn’t get pass the clippers defense during there series

          • comrade24

            I’m not saying that Love is going to be DPOY or anything, i’m just saying a guy who can average 25 and 14 is worth acquiring, and there are ways to mask his defensive inefficiencies. If this were 10-20 years ago, when big man ruled the game, it would be out of the question. Guys would be putting up numbers like they put up on Gasol all year. But, gone are the days of dominant big men, for now.

        • DKWTTY

          Not if we play the Rockets. As Shaq would say K Love would be “BBQ chicken!”. Dwight is no Shaq himself but he’d dominate Kevin Love.

          • comrade24

            So there’s one “so-called” dominant center, who granted could bully love, so big deal… we double team him.

          • Badazztj12

            what will happen if love has to go one-one Dwight?

          • comrade24

            1. Dwight has no offensive game, he’s just a bull. he overpowers people and gets close enough to the basket that a blind man couldn’t miss. 2. if he had to go one on one with him for some reason, missed rotation or something, then foul him. send his punk ass to the line to miss a couple free throws. Dwight Howard is no true dominant center, he’s no Olajuwon, he’s no P. Ewing, damn sure no Shaq. He’s a petulent little man child with one post move. The rockets are a joke anyways when it comes to the playoffs because their best player chokes every year under the bright lights.

          • Badazztj12

            I know he is not one of the greats but you got to respect him for caring his team through the series with the blazers. He had little to no help from harden because he don’t play D and choked. Dwight at least averaged 22pp and 14 reb during that series and he did show flashes of his free throw shooting, will this be consistent? Guess we will find out next season. This is coming from a laker fan that hated that he left.

          • comrade24

            I never wanted him to come to LA. I couldn’t have forseen Bynum’s downfall but in his peak i felt that Bynum was the better center. True, Dwights defensive prowess was unmatched at the center position, but Bynum was a good defender in the paint as well, and was a MUCH better offensive player. Dwights back issues were a concern for me, and his lack of offensive game drove me nuts. I suppose it worked out better in the end as Bynum missed all season. We basically paid $20 mil or whatever for a one year rental of a hobbled, half strength man boy.

          • Badazztj12

            lol I didn’t like Bynum at all. Some games he play, most games he was lazy

          • DKWTTY

            lol Yeah I guess it worked for the Trailblazers.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Love is PF … it would be Pau Gasol defending Dwight most likely… provided he is resigned to a lower $$$ contract. But I agree with you… Pau and Love together, screams weak interior.

          • DKWTTY

            Did you not read the comment I was replying to? They are suggesting having Love defend the center so he doesn’t have to move around as much but that won’t work against good centers.

          • comrade24

            my entire argument is there AREN”T that many good centers anymore. Hibbert maybe when he decides to play, Howard i see your point on, but there are strategic ways to beat him. Who else?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Again, the problem is the same… if you put Love on C, then you will have to put Pau on PF… I don’t think it is such a good idea… we have seen it before, it DOES NOT work.

          • comrade24

            agreed, which is why we should go after Gortat if possible this offseason.

          • Badazztj12

            With the run Wizards had with Gortat, I believe Wizards are keeping him. They just didn’t have a bench

      • VillainKing

        agree his defense is so weak..

      • Idk

        Gasol! The younger gasol. Isn’t he was the defensive player of the year last year? And hollins as coach.

        • Badazztj12

          yea but no way we getting Marc Gasol

  • Fernando Banuelos

    would the pick be enough to get Kyrie from the Cavs?

    • comrade24

      i doubt it but it would be a good idea if they did.

  • Daniel

    with today salary restrictions, you can only have to max contract in a team, with Kobe for another 2 years at 23 Million, you can only have 1 more until he retires. Would you want to give this money for this guys? he could get a decent PG for a lot less money. I would try to get a max with a big Center or PF, stars at those positions are hard to get.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      AGree. get Monroe to man the PF, resign Pau, get ARiza, and we are 10 times better already with this lineup… Gasol-Monroe-Ariza-Kobe-Bazemore
      Get Hollins as coach…

      • Chrmngblly

        Forget Love?

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    id be totally shocked if irving had resigned a mega extension with the cavaliers I mean don’t get me wrong he is a great player and is probably the future of the NBA (although I think lillard and wall are just a bit better than him) but honestly I don’t think he’s earned maximum money quite yet. I mean yeah he is an all star but he hasn’t really done anything in Cleveland no playoff appearances or anything but there is no denying that he is a really great player. If Cleveland doesn’t resign him long term this offseason then he will most likely leave in free agency next summer and the Lakers are a very likely destination for him. So if I was Irving I would hold out until next summer and become a free agent and explore options like the Lakers and he should do what is best for his career. And with the way the Lakers are, they will be his best bet going forward because he will have that taste of stardom and he will be the Lakers building block and he will prove his worth if he comes to LA.

    • comrade24

      Dan Gilbert has already stated that any player who doesn’t sign an extension he will trade. I would say it’s 50/50 that Kyrie even starts the season in Cleveland. Doesn’t mean he’ll come to LA, but i won’t be surprised at all if he gets traded.

  • Jay

    All you guys talking about love in defense but don’t you think that will change playing with Kobe he demands that from everyone

  • rondo

    Kyrie can’t get Cleveland in the winning circle, So what make Lakers fans think he going to win in LA!

    • vdogg

      because the lakers have a tradition of winning and the ability to attract free agents.

    • kookiebuger

      Honestly I’m not a fan of him either but we need to get a young solid building block and a player who can attract other young free agents and Irving might fill that bill.

  • comrade24

    More proof that the people in charge in Cleveland are idiots.

  • NYLakersJ

    I want KD over these two.

  • NYLakersJ

    If, he forces out of Clev, maybe Lakers could trade #7 for Irving…Clev could pair their #1 with PG Smart or Exum…?

    • NYLakersJ

      …then choice LA has to make…is the better PG Smart or Irving at/near max $$

    • kookiebuger

      It will be better to just wait until the offseason and offer him a max since the Cavs won’t trade him.

  • Douglas Carlson

    I would like to see Smart. Big tough PG, good defense, and the drive like Kobe. Would make a good backcourt. Not sure about Exum. He really hasn’t played with really good players and I don’t know about his defense, which the Lakers really need.

  • lakers_824

    2015 Lakers Squad
    PG: Kyrie, Farmar
    SG: Kobe, Meeks or Henry
    SF: #7 pick, Swaggy
    PF: Love, Hill or Kelly
    C: Pau, Sacre

    • Ken Cheng

      If this is the lineup, the Lakers could get much better much faster than expected.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      With the current cap room, we arent getting both Irving and Love at the same time and still have the 7th pick… most likely scenario is we let go of the pick for a solid young veteran.

      Most likely lineup, if pick is not traded:
      Smart, Farmar,Marshal
      Kobe,Bazemore
      Ariza,Henry,Wes
      Monroe, Hill,Kelly
      Pau,Sacre

      Having both Love and Pau weakens our interior. Pau should be paired with a defensive big. Get Hollins as coach… and we are set both offensively and defensively… Hollins would love to have a defensive minder PG in SMart and Farmar.

      • Chrmngblly

        Smart can’t shoot the 3-ball, you know. Even Marshall shoots better from deep. Amazing, I know.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          I am not sure where you get the idea that PG’s should shoot threes…. Rondo is a very good PG… PG’s are suppose to run the offense, not shoot… threes… SG’s are the ones who shoots…

          • Chrmngblly

            We totally agree on that but the rest of the story is that if you can’t shoot a three at all, smart defenses will just pack the paint and dare you to shoot—which is exactly what many defenses did to Rondo over his early years. That also used to be the knock on Kendall Marshall, if you recall.
            I, for one, like KM’s game and think he will become an outstanding Point for the Laker’s future once he learns a few more of Nash’s tricks. For example, if you can shoot that little teardrop from either elbow, it means a PG doesn’t necessarily have to be able to do acrobatics to lay it in off the glass–Nash can’t. Nash did learn to be an extremely heady captain of the Phoenix offense, didn’t he? And he also learned he had to be able to shoot from deep for the defenses to respect him enough to not just lay back under the basket. That’s all.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            And I agree with what you said… Nash “learned”… Smart WILL learn to shoot 3′s…
            There are other ways to run an offense effective, you’ve got 5 guys on the floor… shooting 3′s by a PG is not necessarily the main menu.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course not. It is just like Nash said, the point has to be able to shoot the open 3 well enough to keep the defense honest–otherwise the defense sags in and the floor gets smaller. Makes sense to me, anyway.
            Smart’s OK. I just think the front line needs way more help. If we could get Embiid, I would take him–but we can’t. If Smart was such a Hoss he would be drafted earlier than number 7, but he isn’t. If we didn’t have Marshall, I would take Smart. I just think we have bigger needs than a second-tier point guard. If you want another point, go get Lowrey.
            Another reason I prefer Gordon over Vonley is Gordon is quick enough to play the three if we get Love. I don’t see Smart as another Westbrook or Lillard, but you are welcome to if you want and my level of disrespect for you will hardly increase at all…:-)

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Conley wasn’t necessarily a good 3 pt shooter in Memphis, but Hollins was able to make the offense work… Tony Parker wasn’t a good out side shooter early in his career, and Pop was able to make that work… Rondo isn’t a good 3 point shooter, and Doc was able to make that work… It’s a big plus if PG’s can shoot 3′s at a high % but not necessarily a requirement for them to be considered very good PGs… I played PG in school, and I am below average 3pt shooter, but things can work out if the team philosophy is right… there are other players who can do the shooting.

          • Chrmngblly

            Then you are a perfect example of why you don’t really need that good of an athlete on point, Just someone heady that can pass and knock the odd basket in the hole, right? Then you are probably as big a fan of Marshall as I am. We don’t need ALL gunners.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I think people today are just typifying PG’s as players who can shoot the three… that is not what a PG is… a POINT GUARD, is a guard who runs from the first point of the offense.

          • Chrmngblly

            The whole NBA is 3-ball mad.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            if HOllins comes as lakers coach… we will draft Smart.

          • Chrmngblly

            Totally WRONG. If we get any competent coach, especially Hollins, we will choose a front line player. LH is used to having muscle up front. Just consider his Memphis teams. What are you smoking—and how do the rest of us get some?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            We can get those people through FA… i think your mind is stuck on the draft… there are many ways players can be acquired. think before you comment… it is not rocket science, you know.

          • Chrmngblly

            There are no star FAs available. You already know I want us to get Tyson Chandler in one far fetched scam of mine, Monroe and Davis will only be coming in your dreams unless they fire Kupchak, Yeah I am scrambling,

  • Eddie

    Kyrie Irving is a ball hog.We should draft Marcus Smart or Noah Vonleh instead.Don’t trade the lottery pick for Kyrie…

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      AGree… Smart will be a very good PG due to his ability to defend multiple positions as well as his advance post moves.

      • Badazztj12

        I wouldn’t say advance…he is a PG

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Smart got a developed post moves… if that is not advance skill then I don’t what to call it. Of all the PG’s available to us when we pick, he has the most upside, and has the best developed post up game.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          He is a PG and yet he has a post well developed post move.. that is something….

          • Badazztj12

            just saying not advance post skills with someone trying to prove a point I see

  • hookedonnews

    Interesting. The Cavaliers played better when he was out this season. Not sure he is worth all that money although he is a good player. I guess the question is whether he wants to stay in Cleveland and who they are going to hire to coach the team. I don’t think I would offer him a max contract. There are a lot of good PGs out there who will eventually be available. If he wants to come to LA for a reasonable amount of money I would have no objections, but not sure he’s the best choice out there.

  • TheTruthKills

    With yet another #1 pick coming Cleveland can afford to reboot their team again. Maybe they’ll build around Wiggins instead. Personally, a Irving to Embiid 1-2 punch would be too good to pass up.

    As far as the “Kyrie is coming” speculation I’m just gonna leave it alone. Eventually people will understand that this rebuild will be a long one and there aren’t any quick fixes.

    • Jim213

      Disagree, by 2016 should start to seeing the tide turning for the better IMO if FO drafts players (rather than giving them away) along with stop over paying mediocre one’s. But it’ll depend on FA.

  • Hernan

    How i wish they could bring Ariza Back! :(

  • Realist

    Slow your roll. Kyrie isn’t even an RESTRICTED free agent until 2016. It will be 2018 before Kyrie is an UNRESTRICTED FA. And 2017 before the Cavs are in the position that the T’Wolves currently are in with Love (trade him or lose him). Is it possible Cleveland could trade him sooner? Sure. But every year before 2017 they trade him, will increase what the return would have to be. Lakers don’t have the assets it would take to land him at the moment.

    • independentbynature

      Not exactly.He will be a restricted FA at the end of next season.That’s June 2015.Next season,2014-2015,will be his 4th.

  • dus

    irving kobe deng love pau
    nash/farmar meeks/bazemore swaggy r kelly/j hill sacre/j hill ..if we keep draft pick julius randle would be a beast on this squad at the 3/4

  • Lakers4Life

    Kyrie would be good but at this point we need a bigger defensive minded PG who can guard the likes of Westbrook and Lilard. Let’s hope we can nail Jeff Van Gundy as well, the best candidate for the Lakers at this time.

  • Jake Adler

    the Cavs might do this and they might do that, come on this is not reporting this is saying the same thing that everyone already knows and thinks about. Give us an inside scoop or something that makes sense. For example, you can expand on what you wrote about Kyrie not leading the Cavs to the playoffs so maybe they don’t think he is the cornerstone of their franchise. Once LBJ left Cleveland everyone is always going to say that any talent in that city is going to leave. The Cavs have a chance to really upgrade this year so who knows. Better to stay in the East if you want better odds at making the finals as well.

  • LAstory

    I said this is different post, yet it applies: All this says (as a possibility) is that the Lakers are looking to trade the 7th overall pick to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving and a 2nd round pick.. the Lakers as of now do not have a 2nd round pick and only 1 pick in the first round.. the Cavs have the 33rd pick in the 2nd round… that will give the Lakers a top 2 (CP3 1st) point guard and a 2nd round pick….which lends itself to the relationship the Byron Scott has with Kyrie and Kobe… yes this is all rumors… but why would Joe even waste his time with a personal work out for a team that has the 7th overall pick and no 2nd round pick and Joe is projected to be selected in the 2nd round.

    • comrade24

      that would be awesome but seems unlikely. Kyrie has his leadership issues, but we already have leaders, and i think Nash and Kobe would be a great influence on him.

      • LAstory

        You’re spot on with that brother, with Kyrie’s run -ins with his other team mates (Dion and Tristian) he needs someone like Nash and Kobe… ( I am hoping Byron get the job BUT wont be mad if Lionel gets it) but Kyrie had a great relationship with B.Scott and with those 3 (Nash, Kobe and Byron) it could be something… hearing the Bulls may amnesty Boozer, they could ad him to the mix, keeping open the free agency money free for this year, and convincing Gasol to stay… there could be some light at the end..

        • comrade24

          If we picked Boozer up off of waivers we would have to let Gasol walk. A frontline of Boozer and Gasol would be atrocious defensively.

          • LAstory

            You are so right! Boozer and Gasol…wouldn’t work! I’d rather have Gasol…

          • comrade24

            well, just skill for skill yeah i’d rather have Gasol, but if the price is right on Boozer i wouldn’t pass that up.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Haven’t paid much attention to Irving. What’s his defense like? How about his motor? Leadership?

    Personally, I like the idea of having an intense, defensive minded PG like Marcus Smart. His jumper can be improved, and a season being mentored by Nash can improve his play making. Let him come off the bench in ’14-’15 and provide a spark (Maybe paired with Hill?).

    Then, we can set our sights on Love, and begin the search for a serviceable player to man the 5 and protect the rim.

    2014-2015
    PG: Nash, Smart, Marshall (Farmar? Meeks?)
    SG: Kobe, Bazemore
    SF: Johnson, Young (Can we get Deng?)
    PF: Kelly, Hill
    C: Gasol (1yr deal?), Sacre
    Plus maybe some 1yr guys to fill the remaining few spots. I didn’t bother with the cap figures. Is this plausible?

    Then, 2015-2016

    PG: Smart, Marshall (Farmar or Meeks if we signed em in 2014)
    SG: Bryant, Bazemore
    SF: Johnson, Young (Deng the starter if we were able to get.him)
    PF: Love, Kelly, Hill
    C: Asik or Marc Gasol, Sacre

    1. I like Pau, I just don’t see him being good for us long term. If were able to sign Love, we would need some serious interior defense and Pau couldn’t do that.

    2. Defense on the wing would be nice. Could we get Deng for a reasonable price?

    3. Both Asik and M. Gasol are UFAs in 2015, I think. If we had Hollins as a coach, would Gasol want to come back to the guy who helped him snag a DPOY award?

    I tried to be realistic on this, but without looking too much into salaries, I’m not sure how tough this would be to set up.

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