Kyrie Irving’s future with Boston Celtics up in the air

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2018

That's according to Fox Sports analyst Chris Broussard, who suggests the Celtics could end up with Damian Lillard and LeBron James on their roster by the start of next season. While these reports are just talk at this point, while Irving was in Cleveland, he had expressed interest in going to NY to play for the Knicks on multiple occasions.

"In this business, I've experienced it all and I've seen a lot", he tactfully replied, "so we'll see what management decides".

"Yeah, I just have to take it as being present with the Boston Celtics", said Irving. He was a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship run during the 2015-2016 season, hitting the game winning three pointer over Stephen Curry in Game 7 of a series they were down three games to one. "You try to focus on what's important, what we need for going into next year, how being aware of who we have now, what we're capable of, the things that we need to kind of fix or get done, and go from there".

Irving also had a separate surgery in May to fix a deviated septum, a procedure that kept him away from the sidelines for Game 7 of the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals series against James and the Cavaliers. Boston undoubtedly is mindful of Irving's impending payday, and if he plays at an elite level next season, the organization likely will be happy to open up its checkbook.

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Irving was asked whether essentially being on a one-year deal could have an impact on the Celtics. It obviously wasn't going to feel the same, but I was just so proud of our guys and what they did.

The good takeaway from that reply is that Irving has his sights set on competing for a title with the Celtics next year. Some of their numbers probably didn't look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just - they were always locked in. And of course our anchor Al (Horford) and now getting my man Gordon (Hayward) back. They have experience, our young guys that sometimes other young guys in the league aren't necessarily afforded. He lives in the now, and knows it's not in his best interest to give up his only leverage with Boston come next summer.

Irving was finally out of LeBron's shadow.

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