Report: Kyrie Irving set to meet with Celtics to discuss future
Earlier this month, news came down the wire stating that Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had decided to opt out of his $21.3 million deal for next season, which leaves him as an unrestricted free agent. This was an expected move, and now he is set to meet with the team at some point this week to discuss his future.
All-Star Kyrie Irving, who has decided to opt out of his $21.3 million deal for next season to become a free agent, and top Celtics officials are expected to meet with him soon to discuss his future, league sources said. A potential meeting could occur before Thursday’s NBA draft sources said, as both sides could look for clarity ahead of the start of free agency on June 30.
Irving joined the Celtics prior to the start of the 2017-18 season after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston gave up several pieces in the deal, including Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick, which later turned into Collin Sexton.
Irving seemed happy in Boston before this season, even telling the crowd inside TD Garden at the start of the season that he was planning on re-signing this summer.
As the season went on, however, it became evident that Irving was a bit disgruntled. Now, according to several reports, he could be on the move. There are said to be quite a few teams interested in his services, but the Brooklyn Nets are currently viewed as the favorite for his services.
Free agency opens on June 30. Will Irving stay with the Celtics, or will he choose to play for his hometown team or even go elsewhere?