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Minnesota Timberwolves Should Go After Kyrie Irving

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Published on Jan 31, 2014

After yet another hideous loss, Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving denied a report that he has privately told people he wants to leave Cleveland, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.

The rumor stemmed from an online chat by ESPN's Chad Ford on Thursday. When asked about the situation in Cleveland, Ford said Cavs general manager Chris Grant is on the hot seat and Irving has been privately telling people "he wants out."

Irving addressed Ford's comments after an embarrassing 117-86 loss to the New York Knicks:

"Yes, I'm in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out there and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's what it's about. It's not about me and it's not about this controversy surrounding do I want to privately come 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 that I'm going to be here for a long time. I'm not saying anything to foretell the future, but I'm pretty sure the relationship I have with Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court and I enjoy being here.''
While Irving denied wanting to leave, he said it was too early to say whether he would accept a long-term deal in the summer. The Cavs can offer Irving a five-year maximum extension, a deal that has the potential to be a super max under the "Derrick Rose Rule" if the point guard gets voted in as an All-Star starter next season.

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