Cavs hoping Irving’s deal beginning of hot summer

CLEVELAND — Sitting on a stage last week alongside No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and new coach David Blatt, General Manager David Griffin said he hoped this would be a monumental offseason for the Cavaliers.

It’s already been quite a summer.

And LeBron James is still out there.

Cleveland kept its momentum rolling early Tuesday by getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a new, five-year, $90 million contract extension.

Irving’s deal, completed with a handshake in New York with owner Dan Gilbert, cements a commitment with Cleveland that wasn’t always so strong.

“I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And I’m ecstatic!!” Irving wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the agreement was reached. “Super excited and blessed to be here and a part of something special.”

Kidd gone; Nets moving on

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Kidd’s jersey hung on the wall just to the right of Billy King, a reminder that the Brooklyn Nets lost more than a coach. They lost a franchise icon.

No time to worry about that now. The only focus for King is replacing him.

Kidd was hired Tuesday morning by the Milwaukee Bucks, a day after they sent two second-round picks to the Nets as compensation. King and his assistants had dinner Monday night with former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, and they planned to meet again Tuesday. King said he wants a coach in place “soon.”

AP: Meeks agrees to deal

DETROIT — A person familiar with the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with shooting guard Jodie Meeks.

The person spoke Tuesday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free agents can’t sign contracts until the league’s moratorium ends July 10.

The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career. Milwaukee drafted Meeks in the second round in 2009.

and traded him during his rookie season to Philadelphia. The Lakers signed him as a free agent in 2012 and exercised a team option last year to keep him on the roster for a second season.

Bulls make pitch for Anthony

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls are making the hard sell for Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks superstar free agent arrived at a decked-out United Center on Tuesday in a limobus with coach Tom Thibodeau and two other people, a police SUV trailing behind.

The Bulls believe they have a strong pitch and a simple selling point: Anthony can transform a playoff team into a championship contender.

They believe uniting Anthony with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who arrived earlier at the arena, would put them in position to contend for their first title since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the way to two three-peats in the 1990s.

Still, Anthony is a top target in NBA free agency and he is expected to visit other teams.