At Team USA workouts in Las Vegas, Irving refuted these reports, stating he has "no intention" of leaving.
"Right now I'm a Cleveland Cavalier and I'm happy to be here," Irving told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He went on to discuss his excitement in regards to the player acquisitions this offseason and stated that he does not know Tierney or anyone he is associated with.
"We have a core here already in Cleveland, but right now it's about coming together and doing things as a team to propel us over the top," Irving said.
"What makes a good team great is that camaraderie and brotherhood. That's what has to develop here."
The Cavaliers have made several changes to their team so far this summer. The most publicized was the signing of free agent center Andrew Bynum to a two-year, $24 million contract, but he was not the only one. Cleveland also added veteran guard Jarrett Jack and forward Earl Clark in free agency, as well as drafting Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev.
This is not mention once again appointing Mike Brown as head coach to replace Byron Scott.
While Irving and fans' excitement over the coming season is justified, the young point guard does make a good point about the team needing to gel. With such great turnover – five of their 15-man roster – cohesion becomes an issue, especially early on. Yet Irving seems to understand what needs to be done for that to work.
Cavalier fans will forever remain skeptical of superstars discussing being happy in Cleveland after seeing how LeBron James carried out his free agency. Not only did it seem like he was happy playing for his hometown Cavaliers, but the self-proclaimed king also declared that he would bring a title to a town starved for a championship. That did not happen, as he took his talents to South Beach.
Irving's comments and confidence in the organization's offseason moves will make fans happy, but they will not be forget how easily minds can change.
Do remember though that Irving is not James and sometimes things can turnout successfully.
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