The Cavs and Kyrie Irving shook hands on a five-year extension this summer without knowing that LeBron James would return to Cleveland, sources insist to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, but Irving has had no problem adjusting his game to support LeBron’s, as Windhorst examines. Irving took a backseat to no one Thursday, popping for 37 points while James dished 12 assists in Cleveland’s fifth straight win. Here’s more on a Cavs team that’s finally on a roll:
- Ray Allen is telling teams to talk to him in January and that he’ll make a decision about his future in February, tweets Ryen Russillo of ESPN Radio. The Cavs remain the favorite to sign him, according to Russillo, though Allen and his camp have continually insisted that he’s unsure whether he wants to play, much less which team he’d want to play for.
- Mike Miller thought coming into the summer that he’d re-sign with the Grizzlies and spend the rest of his career in Memphis, as he tells Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams, but the team’s decision to sign Vince Carter derailed that plan, Abrams writes. He was reportedly close to a deal with the Nuggets, who offered him three years and $12MM, according to Abrams, but he chose instead to join the Cavs for two years and nearly $5.587MM. “The history of this city [Cleveland], if they go on to win one and I’m somewhere else — that’s the decision I couldn’t live with,” Miller said. “So when it came down to the money, unfortunately I left a lot on the table again. It is what it is, but I’d have a hard time [waking up] every morning if I would have went somewhere else and not had the opportunity to win [a title].”
- It’s unclear where Will Cherry will play next, but it won’t be in the D-League, as a source tells Gino Pilato of D-League Digest that the point guard is heading overseas in the wake of his release from the Cavs this past weekend (Twitter link).