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Former Suns GM Ryan McDonough says it ‘will not be a pleasant night’ for Nets’ Kyrie Irving when he returns to Boston to face Celtics

Kyrie Irving, Ryan McDonough

Former Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough expects Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving to get booed all night long when he returns to Boston to face the Celtics next season.

Before the 2018-19 season started, Irving told Celtics fans at the TD Garden he was planning to re-sign with Boston. Fast-forward to today, and Irving is now a member of the Nets, the team he grew up rooting for. Irving grew up in New Jersey.

So, it’s easy to see why Celtics fans are going to be testy toward Irving next season:

When Kyrie Irving faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland to open the 2017-18 season, he was booed every time he touched the ball. The All-Star point guard isn’t going to be fazed by the Celtics crowd since he has dealt with this situation before.

Irving signed a four-year, $136.5 million contract with the Nets this summer. Brooklyn had a great offseason, also signing Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler and Garrett Temple.

Even though Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear, the Nets should still be able to secure a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference with Irving, Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen leading the charge.

Irving, a six-time All-Star, has career averages of 22.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists.