New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Cavaliers All-Star playmaker Kyrie Irving denied rumors that he wants out of Cleveland, insisting he wants to be with the team for a “long time”.
“I’m in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Irving said after the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the New York Knicks.
Irving also guaranteed that he’s going to play his heart out every single night for the Cavaliers.
“I’m here for my teammates, I’m here for Coach (Mike) Brown and the coaching staff,” he said.
Earlier, an ESPN reporter said Irving has been telling people privately he wants out of Cleveland, which was vehemently denied by the playmaker.
“It’s not about me and it’s not about this controversy — ‘Do I privately want out when my contract is up?’ I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time,” Irving said.
Irving, who was voted in as a starter to next month’s All-Star Game, is averaging 21.5 points and 6.2 assists for the Cavaliers, who have a 16-30 mark.
Irving has another season left on his contract. He could be a restricted free agent if he does not sign an extension with the Cavsliers before the start of next season.
The point guard said he hasn’t decided on signing the extension. The Cavaliers can’t officially offer him a new deal until July 1.
“I’m not saying anything to tell the future, but I’m pretty sure the relationship I have with (owner) Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court. I enjoy being here,” Irving said. “I’m still trying to get through this season.”