A Fan Runs Onto Court to Greet Kyrie Irving During the Game
Security guards tackled and handcuffed a fan who ran onto the court and touched Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving during a Friday night game between Cleveland and Utah at Quicken Loans Arena.
This is the second time a fan has approached Irving on the court this season and the third time in less than a year that there has been a fan incident at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving, 21, is in the third year of his rookie contract and the Cavaliers have picked up his team option for the 2014-15 season. A recent report indicated that Irving might not be totally happy in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers are on track to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
This summer, the Cavaliers will be able to offer Irving a contract extension that could last as long as five years. If they can’t agree on a deal, Irving would proceed toward restricted free agency in 2015, and Cleveland would have matching rights on any offers made to Irving. The earliest Irving could leave the Cavaliers as an unrestricted free agent is 2016, which would require him to accept a one-year qualifying offer for the 2015-16 season rather than sign an extension or agree to an offer in restricted free agency. Such a decision is essentially unprecedented for a player of Irving’s caliber.
During a March 2013 game between the Cavaliers and Heat at Quicken Loans Arena, a fan approached four-time MVP LeBron James, who left the Cavaliers for the Heat in 2010, to urge him to return to Cleveland. That fan appeared to touch James before he headed out near the three-point line, where he displayed a shirt that read “We Miss You” on the front and “2014 Come Back” on the back, before he was eventually bear-hugged by a security officer and escorted off the court without further incident.