Irving can opt out of his current deal next offseason, and from the sound of it, he hasn't given much thought to his future with the Celtics.
"Contractually, financially, it just doesn't make any sense", Irving said about an extension, adding that the conversation will happen eventually, just not right now. He was a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship run during the 2015-2016 season, hitting the game winning three pointer over Stephen Curry in Game 7 of a series they were down three games to one. "In this business, I've kind of experienced it all", Irving said when asked about reuniting with James.
"My attitude is really just redemption next year, really integrating myself with our team again and really focusing on winning a championship", Irving told reporters Tuesday.
Irving also had a separate surgery in May to fix a deviated septum, a procedure that kept him away from the sidelines for Game 7 of the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals series against James and the Cavaliers. One, because he could very well be a one-year rental, and two, because the Nuggets don't have the assets that other teams do, but on the off-chance that the Celtics and Nuggets make a deal for Irving, here are three possibilities for what that trade could look like. It's best for him and the Cavaliers to move forward. I'd been talking about how great they were.
Kyrie Irving hadn't played in a game since March 11 as he sat in the Atlantic Room on the third floor of the Boston Harbor Hotel.
In order for the money to match up, Ainge would need to send Irving, Hayward or Al Horford to Cleveland in addition to a batch of expiring contracts, such as Marcus Morris or Terry Rozier, and a pick from their still-burgeoning stash of first-rounders over the next few years. And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it.
A lot of the news coming out of Boston hasn't been the best.
Irving was finally out of LeBron's shadow.