Kyrie Irving has been the focal point of a lot of NBA speculation over the past couple of months. The Boston Celtics star point guard has just one year left on his contract. There’s already been some talk of Irving leaving for a new team.
The All-Star point guard played extremely well for the first half of the 2017-18 season, but then he got hurt and the Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals without him. The team is of course better with him on the floor, but Boston will have some decisions to make when it comes to paying all of their talent moving forward. It’s possible – unlikely, maybe, but possible – that both sides will decide it’s best to move on in 2019.
A new report, however, is saying not so fast.
NBA insider Keith Smith reports that a Celtics source told him Kyrie loves Boston as much as he possibly could.
“Ignore that noise about Kyrie not liking it in Boston and about being jealous of the kids and the attention they get. This team is closer than any team I can remember,” the source told Smith.
The full quote can be seen below:
With Kyrie Irving in Las Vegas to watch the Summer Celtics it's time to share this note from a team source: "Ignore that noise about Kyrie not liking it in Boston and about being jealous of the kids and the attention they get. This team is closer than any team I can remember."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 12, 2018
Regardless of how Kyrie feels about the Celtics, he’s going to be a free agent in 2019. Both him and Boston are going to have a decision to make. Teams like the Knicks and the Nets are going to have heavy interest in the All-Star point guard. The Celtics will have to back up the Brinks truck to keep him.