By Andrew Doxy
If you were holding your breath waiting for a Kyrie Irving extension to happen this summer, return to your regular breathing. Irving, recovering from his most recent knee surgery, spoke to the media this afternoon and shot down the idea of a possible extension this offseason.
A deal won’t happen this summer since an extension this summer would be negotiated against the $101-million cap vs. whatever it would increase to next summer. He’d make roughly $25-million per year over three seasons if he signed now. Next summer he can make $35-million annually over four years with another team, or $38-million in Boston. Including the final year of his deal, $20-million for 2018-19, that’s $128-million longterm vs. $208-million. Math supersedes all, but concerns regarding his commitment emerged following the Chris Mannix report.
Irving reaffirmed his excitement today to rejoin the team at Training Camp in September. In fact, he has a running countdown for when he can scrimmage with his teammates again. His excitement to get on the court should be a surprise to no one, considering how much of a competitor he is. However, his desire to get back on the court with this team is notable in light of all of the headlines that have popped up this past...