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ESPN Reporter Shares Odd Story Involving Kyrie Irving And The Celtics

Kyrie Irving standing with his hands on his knees during a game.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 01: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on March 01, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2018-19 season, the Boston Celtics were thought of as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. The franchise's young core looked ready to take the next step, and many people believed Kyrie Irving could take them to new heights.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, this year's roster could never get on the same page. For most of the season, the only significant moments came when teammates were bickering on the court.

With Irving set to hit the open market in free agency, the belief around the league is that he's leaving Boston. The current favorite for him is Brooklyn.

As Irving get ready to make his decision this summer, stories about his time in Boston continue to come out.

The latest story on the All-Star point guard just shows how isolated he was from the franchise.

ESPN reporter Jackie MacMullan revealed that Irving was the only member of the Celtics that didn't want to participate in a rather minor event.

From ESPN:

"At the completion of the regular season, the team set up 100 balls in a room for their charitable partners. Everyone signed the balls except Irving. When pressed to do it, say team sources, he was neither aggressive nor confrontational. He merely said, "No, I'm not interested in that."

There is no reason behind why Irving had no interest in signing the basketballs. However, it doesn't sound like the team gave him a difficult time over his decision.

Irving could leave Boston as early as next week, when deals can become official.