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NBA scout who has followed Kyrie Irving since Duke thinks Kyrie will come back to Celtics

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An NBA scout who has followed Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving since his college days at Duke thinks Uncle Drew will ultimately re-sign with the Celtics this summer.

Ever since Boston got eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in five games by the Milwaukee Bucks, there has been a lot of talk about Irving leaving the Celtics. All season long, Kyrie was linked to the New York Knicks and the possibility that he would join Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant in moving to the Big Apple.

According to this particular scout, though, Irving may come back to the Celtics with a different attitude than he had this season.

“I know this season didn’t end the way Kyrie or the Celtics wanted,” the scout told A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. “But when you look at what went wrong for them, it’s easy to blame Kyrie because he didn’t shoot the ball well. But when you hear what others are saying afterwards, Brad (Stevens) saying he did a bad job, players talking about how they sacrificed this and that … it’s pretty obvious that they had a lot of issues going on that were bigger than just one player, even a player as good as Kyrie.

“I think he comes back and he comes back with an attitude; a little edgier with not just his words but his play.”

During the regular season, Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists. The Celtics won 49 games and were the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

It wasn’t just Irving who struggled in the Bucks series, but since he’s the best player on the Celtics, Kyrie received the most blame.