By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
James was reportedly “blindsided” by the news. And if Irving and Love exit at any point prior to next summer, it’ll definitely mean James is leaving his adopted hometown again.
It was initially believed that Chauncey Billups would receive his first front office position after being in consideration for the Atlanta Hawks GM position. However, Gilbert allegedly low-balled Billups because he has no prior GM experience.
At this time, the Cavaliers still do not have a leader in the front office. They have an interim GM running the show behind-the-scenes.
Irving reportedly wants to be the focal point of his own offense.
He has $39 million left on his current deal. Irving is due $18.8 million in 2017-18.
The point guard also has a $21 million player option for the 2018-19.
Irving has spent his entire career with the Cavaliers after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 72 starts last season, he averaged a career-high 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.
In 381 games in the NBA, all starts, he’s averaged 21.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks.
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