But for all the talk of the resurgence of the Cavs, of who they may pick with that top pick, what kind of roster they could build in an effort to entice the once-favored son, one priority stands above all others.
The story said the offer will be in the five-year, $90 million range. The belief is that signing the 2012 Rookie of the Year and 2014 All-Star Game MVP to the deal now would indicate to fans — and potential free agents — how serious the club and Irving are to building a winner for the long-term.
The report added, however, that " if Irving doesn't seem interested in an extension, that could lead to a trade."
Among the reasons given for the Cavs not wanting to give the 22-year-old Irving the max are his lack of leadership thus far in his career, and numerous reports of Irving's happiness in Cleveland — reports which he has denied.