Cleveland's pitch to Irving included promise of James, Love


When the Cleveland Cavaliers met Kyrie Irving for dinner to discuss a possible contract extension, they came to the table with a lofty idea. 

Prior to the Manhattan meeting, Irving knew he could sign a five-year, $90 million contract to remain in Cleveland. That was the straight forward part. Then, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers offered up this concept: He could play out that contract alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love. 

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The meeting included Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manage

r David Griffin, as well as head coach David Blatt and associate coach Tyronn Lue. Irving attended the meeting with his father and agent.  

There were rumors that Irving wanted out of Cleveland from almost the moment he got there, as the team's last No. 1 pick, James, had already bolted to the Miami Heat before Irving was drafted. The Cavaliers that, in order to land James and Love, their relationship with Irving needed to be on good terms. If he didn't sign on, there would be no James or Love. 

"Kyrie bought in," Griffin told the Plain Dealer. "That started everything. It created the momentum."

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