NBA: Cavaliers keep Irving while focus moves to LeBron
Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:13 AM
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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