Point guard responds to questions from local children at community event.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has told children at a community appearance that he won’t leave the franchise.
The 21-year-old is widely recognised as one of the most promising talents in the league, and he will hope to continue to play an integral role in the franchise improving its regular season record this year.
With various youthful pieces being added to the roster, the Cavaliers are perhaps a team to look out for in the future, and Irving has claimed that he sees himself as part of that.
Speaking at a community event, Irving was asked whether he would leave the Cavaliers “like LeBron did” after the Miami Heat star caused controversy with his “decision”.
Fortunately for Cavaliers fans, Irving responded: “That’s a great question. Um, No, I won’t leave. I’m not leaving”.
While applause inevitably followed, further research into Irving’s contract situation with Cleveland suggests that the choice will not be his regardless.
The team has a contract option that they will undoubtedly pick up next season, and can retain the right to match any offer Irving may receive as a restricted free agent the year after that.
The young point guard will then be in line for a max contract at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, and go for a minimum three years if he negotiates an opt-out clause.
Therefore, Irving is expected to remain in a Cavaliers uniform for the foreseeable future which will therefore back up his words and reassurances that he intends on staying with the franchise.