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Report: Celtics Are 'Scared' Kyrie Irving Will Leave For This NBA Team

A picture of Kyrie Irving from behind.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on October 24, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving was great for the Boston Celtics before he got hurt at the end of the 2017-18 season, and you would think that the All-Star point guard would be with the franchise for the long-term, but that not might actually be the case.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers' guard can opt out of his contract next summer and hit free agency. He's expected to do that, as he can sign a maximum contract by doing so.

Will Irving be re-signing with Boston or seeking a new franchise?

Re-signing with the Celtics has to be considered the most-likely outcome, but NBA insider Chris Mannix said on his podcast that Boston is "scared" of the possibility of losing him.

The Knicks could be a threat to sign him.

"I think they're scared," Mannix said. "I think they're scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told.

"You know things can change. Obviously you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise. You're on a winning team. Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?"

This is mostly just speculation, but the Celtics do have some major decisions to make going forward. What happens with Irving is going to be a major factor in all of them.

Stay tuned.