(NEW YORK) — There are grumblings that Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving does not want to stay with the team long-term, but Irving dismissed the rumors recently saying he wants to be a part of the organization for a while.
“I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time,” Irving said.
The Cavaliers were expected by many to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference this season, but instead they’ve been one of the more disappointing teams in the NBA as they sit at 16-30 through 46 games this season.
Recently, Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant ripped the team for their lack of effort and production. Despite multiple high first-round picks, the team has yet to put it together.
The 21-year-old Irving is averaging 21.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. His rookie contract expires following the 2014-2015 season.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN