Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said his team is in a “peculiar place” this offseason after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals and struggling to make any big splashes in free agency to better their roster.
“The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism,” Irving said during a Sports Illustrated event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “Obviously we have a great owner (Dan Gilbert) that’s willing to spend a little money on guys that he believes in. At this point, we just (wait to) see what happens throughout the summer.”
Irving, who signed a five-year deal worth $90 million ahead of the 2014-15 season, could become a free agent in 2018-19. His teammate, LeBron James, can become a free agent next summer.
USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt reported earlier this week that James is concerned with the Cavs’ offseason that saw the organization get rid of general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden shortly before the draft and free agency.
As the Cavs try to regain the throne and with the clock potentially ticking on James' time in Cleveland, it’s clear that franchise-altering consequences are at stake.