INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Kyrie Irving is focused on the 2013-14 NBA season. The Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, however, is not focused on anything after that.
Irving said as much at his basketball camp Saturday at Independence High School.
The reason Irving avoided looking too far ahead? Because he was asked about a potential contract extension in July 2014, when the Cavs can offer one.
Without a doubt, the Cavs will do just that. Without a doubt, they’ll offer Irving the maximum allowable by NBA standards.
Without a doubt, Irving will give strong consideration to signing it.
But without a doubt, he didn’t feel like getting in to it.
“Right now I’m a Cavalier,” Irving said. “This is where I am. All that other stuff, I’m not worrying about it. I’m living in the moment. I want to work with the coaching staff and get to the playoffs. That’s all I can do right now, give it my all. All that future stuff, I’m not really worrying about it.”
Last month, a report on Twitter said Irving was “not long for Cleveland,” meaning the guard would be looking for a new team soon. Irving called the report “bogus.”
“My job is to play basketball,” Irving said. “That guy on Twitter that said that, (he’s not) close with my family. I wanted to let Cleveland know those rumors were bogus and nothing to worry about.”
Washington Wizards guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall draft pick the year before Irving (2010), recently signed a five-year, $80-million extension. That’s probably good news for Cavs fans.
“I’m excited for him,” Irving said. “We grew up together coming up the ranks. We were both guys who weren’t rated at the top coming out of high school. We both burst onto the scene. He’s the first guy to get a max deal out of all of us who came through the AAU scene. It was surreal for him.”
Irving said he is getting some Cavs teammates together for informal workouts later this week in Los Angeles. He is also planning another mini-camp of sorts in September.