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Irving's contract extension keeps momentum rolling for Cavs, who could make run at LeBron

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) makes a shot as he gets between Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) and Kyle O'Quinn, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Dogged by rumors that he has wanted out of Cleveland, Irving and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted early Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014,  that they have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) makes a shot as he gets between Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) and Kyle O'Quinn, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Dogged by rumors that he has wanted out of Cleveland, Irving and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted early Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014, that they have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Cavaliers have some momentum. Maybe even enough to get LeBron James back.

Shortly after free agency opened Tuesday, the Cavs agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension with Kyrie Irving, a deal that locks up the All-Star point guard for six years. It also puts to rest notions he was unhappy with the Cavs or they didn't see the 22-year-old as a cornerstone player.

Irving's deal, along with the recent hiring of new coach David Blatt and selection of swingman Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has raised the Cavs' profile.

Cleveland appears to be in line to make a strong pitch to James, who is a free agent for the second time. James never rejected the possibility of a return.