Brad Stevens thinks Celtics couldn’t have done anything to keep Kyrie Irving
It’s official. Former Cleveland Cavaliers and former Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Because most NBA experts had Irving leaving the Celtics in favor of the Nets for the better part of the last few months, such a decision hardly came as a surprise once it was reported.
Adding to such a notion, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t believe that there was anything else that the once heralded Eastern Conference franchise could have done to retain the seemingly disgruntled Irving.
“I don’t know if there’s anything anyone individually necessarily feels like they should have done or could have done [to keep Irving],” Stevens recently told reporters, via A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. “That’s part of free agency. You can go wherever you want.”
Not only did the Nets manage to secure Irving this offseason, but the up-and-coming franchise also acquired former Golden State Warriors and former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar forward Kevin Durant. However, it is worth noting that Irving will be forced to fly solo in 2019-20 as Durant will continue to recover from the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in what would become his final go-round as a member of the aforementioned Warriors during the 2018-19 postseason.
On the other hand, with Irving now officially in Brooklyn, the Celtics wasted absolutely no time in acquiring another point guard to fill such a void. Boston notably acquired former Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker to highlight the early portion of the team’s offseason activity.