Just a few hours before the Cleveland Cavaliers played their biggest game of the season against the Atlanta Hawks (which they promptly lost), there was an interview with Brian Windhorst published on Cavs: The Blog. The interview touched on a number of significant topics about the Cavs, but the main takeaways were about Kyrie Irving. Windhorst was highly critical of Irving in the interview, and I encourage you to read it all. In truth, it's a good interview. There's a lot of information in there.
After reading the interview, this is the paragraph that stands out the most. Windhorst basically goes in on Kyrie and talks more about his contract situation:
The truth is [Kyrie's] camp has been putting out there for years - years - that he doesn't want to be in Cleveland. That they don't want him in Cleveland. He doesn't like Mike Brown. He didn't like Chris Grant. He doesn't like Dion Waiters. He's already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time - once he signs he loses all of his leverage - so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he's said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract - which they will - and I don't even know if he's a max player, but you have to sign him - sign a five year, no out. That's what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that's not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we'll give you $12 million a year. We're not giving you the full thing.
Now, this is a terrifying paragraph for Cavs fans. It sounds really bad and it sounds like this summer is going to be filled with drama -- again. But here's where it gets really fun (and by fun I mean I just want to cry for hours): Kyrie tweeted about the rumors after last night's debacle in Atlanta. It's safe to say that Kyrie is fed up with all of the rumors.
Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations. Can I play without media guessing at my life and putting B.S out for headlines.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
It brings nothing but negativity to the team and portraying me as something I'm not. I don't want or need the attention, so it can stop now.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
At least be man or woman enough to come and ask me. There's no such source as "Kyrie's camp", nothing but nonsense.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
I have no idea what to think about Kyrie's response on Twitter, but he doesn't seem pleased with Windhorst. I also have no idea who is wrong in this situation. But then again, I don't really care. If Kyrie wants to be in Cleveland isn't trying to force his way out, he'll sign a contract when they offer it to him. Talking about it does very little at this point.
I'm completely exhausted by these rumors and the constant talk of turmoil surrounding the Cavs, so I figure Kyrie has to be just as tired of it.