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NBA: Cavaliers keep Irving while focus moves to LeBron

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:13 AM
Kyrie Irving of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on June 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CLEVELAND (AFP) - Kyrie Irving signed a five-year contract extension on Thursday with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA club made moves that could pave the way for signing free agent superstar LeBron James.

Irving's deal, believed to be worth the maximum US$90 million (S$111.8 million), ensures the Cavaliers' point guard will be part of the club's long-term talent mix.

The Cavaliers announced the move Thursday as fans awaited word on James, the former Cleveland star who left for Miami as a free agent in 2010 and led the Heat to two NBA titles and the past four NBA Finals.

James opted out of his contract with the Heat last month, as did fellow Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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