Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he's "excited" about the possibility of getting a max-exception from the Cavaliers, and that he'll make the best decision for him and his family if and when it happens.
"Obviously, I'm aware I can be extended this summer," he said. "It's a big deal for me if they do offer me that. It will be exciting. I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it will boil down to." While it's good that he's "excited," he clearly is leaving his options open. And after having his maturity constantly questioned in Cleveland this season, as well as media reports that he has wanted out for years, and of infighting behind close doors, it still seems a bit of a longshot to think Irving will sign a long-term deal with the Cavs, although anything is possible.
Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play to make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .
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That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and Brown also failed to play Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. Michael Curry also points out that Brown, in fact, has never really made a true "significant relationship" with one of his players in his entire career. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao will not go unnoticed by some players around the league and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.