The Cleveland Cavaliers were determined not to let their superstar guard slip through the cracks this offseason.
As soon as the clock struck midnight on July 1, the Cavaliers inked Kyrie Irving to a five-year extension worth $90 million. This was really no surprise that Irving is staying in Cleveland for the long haul. Over the past couple of months, he has continuously professed his love for Cleveland and mentioned that if the Cavaliers offered him the maximum extension, he would sign it.
He made good on his decision on Tuesday morning, opting to remain in Cleveland for the foreseeable future rather than leave the franchise in limbo the same way LeBron James did during the 2009-10 season. Despite popular theories, the Irving signing was not meant to show James that he needed to come back home. No, this was to solidify the future of the team and assure their fanbase that the team was on their way back to contention.
With newly drafted Andrew Wiggins joining the crew, the Cavaliers are poised to be in the middle of the playoff pack next season. Luring James back to Cleveland was not really a priority for the team but convincing Irving to stay in a Cavalier uniform was, and they solved their main offseason problem as quickly as possible.
If Irving would had declined the extension, more likely than not, he would had been gone in 2015, and his departure would had set the franchise back for years to come. Fortunately, the Cavaliers do not have to worry about that, because their main man illustrated on Tuesday that Cleveland is not a bad place to play in the NBA.