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Cavs' Gilbert Reflects On Infamous Letter To Fans, Discusses Attracting Free Agents
Published February 17, 2014
HEIR TO THE THRONE? Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving, who was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP last night, is set to be a restricted free agent following the '14-15 season, and ESPN's George Karl said, “There's no question when you get a young, great player, how you keep him in your city for that extra four or five years is so important to building.” Karl added, “You've sold goods to your fan base and then he goes? Well, you go back to zero. It's a tough sell." ESPN’s Jon Barry said, “The situation in Cleveland as it is right now, man, it's ugly. If this thing doesn't turn around quickly, I think they're going to have a hard time holding on to Kyrie Irving.” ESPN Radio's Mike Golic: “Obviously, it's not as big as when they lost LeBron, but he's still their best player. It would be a huge blow” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 2/17).