Kyrie Irving has a couple of All-Star teammates on the Celtics. Both Al Horford and Gordon Hayward are All-Star level players, and Jayson Tatum will probably be joining them on that level soon. Irving apparently wants another one, though.
The All-Star point guard remains close friends with Jimmy Butler, an All-Star shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Both Irving and Butler are set to hit free agency next summer, as both players have an opt-out clause in their contracts. It would be very surprising if they don't use it.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Irving and Butler are "trying to figure out" a way to play with each other.
A league source close to the situation told the Sun-Times on Tuesday that Kyrie Irving and former Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler are still trying to figure out a way to play together. Whether that means the Celtics try and acquire Butler this summer or the two simply wait a year, both opt out of their player options after the season, and join forces that way.
Either way, the two former Team USA Basketball teammates are looking for a destination to build an elite backcourt, whether that's in Celtics green or elsewhere in the East.
Not that this hasn’t been lurking for quite some time, either.
Last June, the Sun-Times was the first to report that Irving was looking to get out of Cleveland, with the Bulls being on his wish list. He made that known to several of his former Team USA teammates, including Butler.
It's possible the Celtics could make a trade for Butler. Boston is primed with young assets and future draft picks.
It's also possible Irving and Butler could unite in free agency next summer. Brooklyn, for example, could be a potential destination for the All-Star duo.