Pay Day: Cavs Ink Kyrie Irving for 5 years, $90 Million

Kyrie Irving

By: Mike Cortez | @CortezEra 

What a turn of events. At the end of the NBA regular season all signs were pointing to Cleveland losing another basketball star in free agency. Kyrie Irving was beefing with teammate Dion Waiters, was frustrated with losing and reports started to surface that he was gone once his contract was up. Fans of teams like the Lakers and Knicks began fantasizing about Irving donning their team’s jersey. Last night the Cavs put all that talk to rest and signed their star point guard to a max deal of 5 years at $90 million, keeping 2011’s number one overall draft pick with the team.

So what changed his mind? Andrew Wiggins sure had something to do with it. Coming into the league Wiggins has been called a transcending talent, a “can’t miss” player. With Wiggins and new, seasoned Head Coach David Blatt on board the Cavs should be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. A core four of Irving, Wiggins, Waiters and Tristan Thompson is a good nucleus in addition to whatever moves are made in free agency. This deal also serves as yet another reminder that one free agent, LeBron James, will not be coming back home.