Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving did not want to speculate on the future — not a possible future with LeBron James, something that is always fodder for supposition. He didn’t even want to look as far ahead as Thursday and who might be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, a slot held by Cleveland.

But if you want to hear about Jason Kidd, one of the game’s greatest point guards and a guy who recently turned coach, then Irving went from being Mr. Mum to Chatty Charlie yesterday.

“He’s a tremendous leader. Obviously, Brooklyn sees something in him especially from a leadership standpoint,” Irving said of Kidd going from player to coach after 10 days of retirement. “He’s coming straight off the court, but I feel the last few years he was definitely a coach out there on the court. The transition, I think, will be easy for him. I’m looking forward to see how he does.”

Irving spoke during a break in his Kyrie Irving Basketball Procamp for 225 kids yesterday at Montclair State University, in Montclair, N.J., a short drive from where he grew up in West Orange. He told the kids about dreams and that “anything is possible.”

Hey, you might even become an NBA head coach without being an assistant first. But there is a must-have requirement for that job. And Kidd has it.

“His IQ. Just watching the way he plays the game. Not many people have that niche and that feel for the game. Watching him play was a pleasure,” Irving said. “He’s not the first player to come out and become a coach. ... He’s definitely opening doors for players just now retiring. Not a lot of people retire and all of a sudden become a head coach, but he’s definitely setting a good trend.”

Irving, who shares the same March 23 birthday as the 40-year-old Kidd (although they were born 19 years apart), undoubtedly has heard the speculation James may one day return to Cleveland, perhaps as a 2014 free agent. He swears the thought never crossed his mind.