Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Irving sticks with Cavs

CLEVELAND — Sitting on a stage last week alongside No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and new coach David Blatt, general manager David Griffin said he hoped this would be a monumental offseason for the Cavaliers.

It already has been quite a summer.

And former Cavalier LeBron James is still out there.

Cleveland kept its momentum rolling early Tuesday by getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a new, five-year, $90 million contract extension.

Irving's deal, completed with a handshake in New York with owner Dan Gilbert, cements a commitment with Cleveland that wasn't always so strong.

"I'm here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And I'm ecstatic!!" Irving wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the agreement was reached. "Super excited and blessed to be here and a part of something special."

There were reports he wasn't happy in Cleveland as well as speculation the Cavs didn't believe he was a cornerstone player. Whatever differences there might have been seem to have been worked out. Griffin, who likes to refer to his team as "family," has the Cavs united.

Because Irving's extension doesn't kick in until the 2015-16 season, the Cavs have salary cap room to pursue free agents, including James. Cleveland would have to move other contracts if reports are accurate that James will only sign for a max deal after opting out of his contract with the Heat. Griffin has said clearing space for a five-year, $120 million contract would be extremely easy.

Kidd hire is official; Nets talk to Hollins

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks officially hired Jason Kidd as coach after completing a deal with the Nets. The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach. Milwaukee fired Larry Drew on Monday after reaching the deal for Kidd. Under Drew, the Bucks went a league-worst 15-67.

Nets general manager Billy King met with former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Monday and planned to meet with him Tuesday.

WIZARDS: Center Marcin Gortat re-signed with the team for a five-year, $60 million contract. "I'm proud to say Washington will be my home," Gortat stated on a Twitter message. Gortat averaged 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds last season as the team returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

PISTONS: Guard Jodie Meeks reached agreement on a three-year, $19.5 million contract and forward Cartier Martin agreed to a one-year deal, yahoosports.com reported. Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points a game for the Lakers last season. Martin played for the Bulls and Hawks last season.

WARRIORS: Guard Shaun Livingston agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million, the Associated Press reported. Livingston averaged 8.3 points with the Nets last season.

BULLS COURT MELO: The Bulls made their pitch for Carmelo Anthony and brought in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson to put on the pressure. The Knicks free agent arrived at United Center in Chicago with agent Leon Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau. Anthony later boarded a plane to Texas where he will meet with the Mavs and Rockets. He is expected to visit the Lakers on Thursday.

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