The Cleveland Cavaliers can offer Kyrie Irving a max contract this summer, but will they and will he sign it?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now "on the clock," not for the first pick in the NBA Draft in June, but rather, to decide what to do with their All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving.
Now that the 2013-2014 season is over for the Cavaliers following Wednesday night's 114-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena, the front office will focus on improving the team in any way possible, and that could include offering Irving a max contract.
"I'm aware that I could be extended this summer," Irving said after the win. "It's a big deal for me and my family if they do offer me that. It'd be exciting, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it's going to boil down to.
"I've been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this. We're making strides in the right direction as an organization. I want to be a part of something special, and I want to do something special in Cleveland. If they do, it'll be something special. I can guarantee that."
While the Cavaliers must wait to offer Irving a max deal until the summer, their point guard will not wait long in preparing for the 2014-2015 season, especially after the team fell short of the postseason for the fourth straight year and third with Irving controlling the offense.
"I've been thinking about it for the last week or so," Irving said. "After we got eliminated completely, it's been on my mind, hanging over my head. It's definitely a lot of motivation going into the summer. I expect all of us just to be with each other this summer and making strides in the right direction to prepare for next season.
"I was challenged, every, single night, and I was put in position to lead this team. We came up short. I came up short, but there's a lot of fire in my heart, to say the least, and I'm looking forward to getting back to work."
Should Irving agree to sign a max contract if one is offered, the Cavaliers will be getting a determined point guard and leader.
"This was a learning year for me," Irving said. "I learned a lot about myself and being a better point guard in all aspects of the game, and becoming a better leader. That right there is a work in progress.
"I'm a work in progress, which I've already admitted. I couldn't have done it without Coach (Mike) Brown and my teammates along the way. This is a complete job, and there's always room to get better, so I'm looking forward to the summer, taking what I learned and taking my game to another level."