Cavs' Irving 'happy,' plans to stay for 'a long time' - NBC Sports

Cavs' Irving 'happy,' plans to stay for 'a long time'
January 31, 2014, 3:45 am

Kyrie Irving has heard the report, but the Cavaliers point guard says he plans on remaining in Cleveland for “a long time.”

Earlier Thursday, ESPN.com reported that Irving was telling people privately he wanted to leave Cleveland.

"There's just so much negative attention. I mean I know we're struggling, but I mean it's just not about me. It's about our team," Irving told the media after the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the Knicks Thursday night

Irving said it was too early to say if he would sign an extension this summer, but said he enjoyed playing for the Cavaliers.

"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," Irving said. "I'm not saying anything to foretell the future, but I'm pretty sure the relationship I have with (owner) Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court and I enjoy being here."

The Cavs have yet to finish a season above .500 in Irving’s two-plus NBA seasons, going a combined 61-132 since he entered the league in 2011.

Irving is eligible for restricted free agency after the 2014-15 season.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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