National Basketball Association
<    February    >
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
           === Cavs pick up options on Irving, Waiters, Thompson ===
 Cleveland,   OH   (  -  The  Cleveland  Cavaliers  announced
 Wednesday  that  the team has exercised  2014-15 options on four recent first-
 round draft choices, including star point guard Kyrie Irving.
 Irving  and forward  Tristan Thompson had the final year of their rookie deals
 picked up, while shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller had their
 contracts guaranteed for their third pro seasons.
 The  2011-12 NBA  Rookie of  the  Year Irving  has averaged  20.6 points,  5.7
 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game since being taken with the No. 1
 overall  pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old received his first career
 All-Star  nod last  season, while  his 22.5  points per  game was  the highest
 scoring clip by a player 22 or younger during the 2012-13 campaign.
 Thompson,  the fourth  overall selection in the same draft that landed Irving,
 averaged  11.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks while starting all 82 games
 for  the Cavs  last season. The native  Canadian also ranked second in the NBA
 with 306 offensive boards, setting a team season record in the process.
 Waiters  ranked second  among Cleveland  players with  a 14.7  points-per-game
 average  as a  rookie and added 3.0  assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest. The
 No.  4 overall  pick in 2012 started 48  out of 61 games played last season as
 Zeller,  the 17th overall choice in last year's draft, started 55 games during
 his  debut season  and averaged  7.9  points and  5.7 rebounds  over 77  total
 contests.  The North Carolina product is currently working his way back from a
 recent emergency appendectomy.
 10/23 16:16:10 ET