Cavaliers sign Irving to new deal

JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Published:

Kyrie Irving isn't going anywhere.

Dogged by rumors that he has wanted out of Cleveland, Irving and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted early Tuesday morning that they have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension. Neither side announced the terms of the deal, but several outlets reported that it was a maximum deal worth about $90 million that will keep him in Cleveland for the next six years.

"Looking forward to the next 6 years of @KyrieIrving in CLE," Gilbert tweeted not long after the free agent market opened at midnight on Tuesday. "Just shook hands (and) intend to sign on the 10th.Can't be more excited about @cavs."

The deal cannot officially be signed until July 10, per NBA rules. But it was a huge step forward for the Cavaliers and for Irving, and the first big splash of the new NBA fiscal year.

Irving has made two straight All-Star games, was named MVP of last year's festival in New Orleans and has positioned himself as the new age point guard, a ball-dominant, score-first attacker who averaged 20.8 points and 6.1 assists last season.

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