Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving: 'I'm happy to be here'

Friday January 31st, 2014

Kyrie Irving leads the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring and assists this season. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Kyrie Irving leads the Cleveland Cavaliers in both scoring and assists this season. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said that he is happy in Cleveland and "pretty sure" that he will be in the city for a long time.

After the Cavaliers were routed by the Knicks on Thursday, Irving addressed rumors that he wanted out of the city and off the team that drafted him first overall in 2011.

"I'm in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers," Irving said via Akron Beacon Journal.

Irving has been about the only bright spot for the Cavaliers (16-30) this season. He is averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds a game while shooting 43 percent from the field. He has one year left on his rookie contract.

"That's what it's about. It's not about me and it's not about this controversy, ‘Do I privately want out when my contract is up?' I'm still in my rookie contract and I'm happy to be here," Irving said. "And I'm pretty sure I'm going to be here for a long time. I'm not saying anything to tell the future, but I'm pretty sure the relationship I have with Dan Gilbert and management extends off the court. I enjoy being here."
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