Daily News - July 2, 2014

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Inside the Cleveland Cavaliers' midnight meeting with Kyrie Irving -- Terry Pluto
Author: By Terry Pluto
Publication: The Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Exactly how did the Cavaliers find a way to immediately convince Kyrie Irving to agree to a five-year, $90 million contract extension? I knew it could not have happened overnight, despite the fact the deal was sealed in a late-night meeting.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert led a group to meet with Irving and his representatives at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. That was the first moment free agents could be offered a contract. Or in the case of Irving, a contract extension.

The Cavs point guard is already under contract for 2014-15 at $7 million. The maximum contract extension takes him until the summer of 2020 -- meaning he's with the team for six more seasons." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Kyrie Irving shows Cavs he is all in with five-year, $90 million contract extension
Author: By Jason Lloyd
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

"David Griffin has created a bit of a catch phrase ever since he took over running the Cavaliers: Players are either all the way bought in or they’re out.

In this case, Kyrie Irving has 90 million reasons to be all in with the Cavaliers.

After months of speculation and wild rumors regarding his future, Irving took less than two hours to agree to a contract extension early Tuesday morning, the first day players were allowed to discuss new contracts." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Jim Ingraham: It's time for Kyrie Irving to step up for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Author: By Jim Ingraham
Publication: The News-Herald

"Now that the Cavs have stepped up for Kyrie Irving, it’s time for Irving to step up for the Cavs.

He’s got the max contract.

Now he needs to become a max player.

He can start by making the players around him better — instead of making the players around him spectators.

He can start by showing he understands great offense does not mean defense is optional.

He can start by becoming engaged with his coach, by becoming a teammate, not a rival, with his backcourt partner, by worrying less about his brand and more about his band — of brothers, that he plays with." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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