Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
Kyrie Irving doesn’t plan on leaving the Boston Celtics anytime soon. Speaking in front of a crowd at TD Garden during the Q&A portion of an event for season-ticket holders, Irving said he plans on re-signing with Boston next summer.
"I've shared it with some of my teammates as well as the organization as well as everyone else in Boston. If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year," Irving said to the TD crowd.
The 26-year-old five-time All-Star has reportedly been in contact with the Celtics front office throughout the summer, conveying the message he intends to remain with the franchise beyond this season.
Irving has a player option at the end of this season. He is expected to opt out of his current deal to sign a supermax contract. There was growing speculation throughout the offseason that Irving would defect to the New York Knicks in free agency next summer—rumors Irving denied last week—but the point guard made it clear on Thursday night he will ink his next contract with Boston.
In his first season with Boston, Irving averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists in 60 games, starting the All-Star Game in the process. A persistent knee issue cut his season short, forcing him to miss the entire playoffs.
At the Celtics media day last week, Irving lauded the organization and its potential to compete for titles for years to come.
"Obviously it’s everybody else’s job to look forward to my future before I can, so I just really thought it was important to make sure it’s known that this franchise is really built for the next few years of being at the top tier of teams in the league," Irving said. "Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? What more could you ask for from an organization to really elevate your game?"