The official ending to the Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics saga can finally be put to rest. Irving has now found his new—and possibly his last—home with the Brooklyn Nets and his new co-star in Kevin Durant.

Still, Irving’s “falling out” with the Celtics was one of the more controversial sports headlines of the decade. Few times has there ever been a superstar that publicly committed to a team for the long term before eventually reneging on that declaration only months later.

There was much that went wrong that season following Irving’s bold statement to TD Garden. Gordon Hayward—his supposed co-star—was back in full effect following his horrific ankle injury. While there was meant to be little effort into both stars sliding back into their roles, the story didn’t unfold that way. Add in the fact that there were now too many mouths to feed on the roster, and the Celtics’ piling of issues became a snowball effect.

Be that as it may, there’s more to the story rather than simply writing off Irving’s time in Beantown as a bad choice of words on his end.

June 12, 2018: Irving shoots down Boston contract extension

Irving was possibly one of the favorites in sports media at the time. He’d cleared up his bad rep following the Batman-Robin era with LeBron James in Cleveland and was looking to lead a young Boston core back to the Eastern Conference Finals while hopefully helping them get to the NBA Finals.

Before all of the feel-good moments could get rolling though, Irving was faced with a not-so-difficult challenge of his eligibility to sign a contract extension with the Celtics that summer. While Celtics faithful were anxious to see Irving fully commit to their franchise for the next few years, the six-time All-Star made quick work of all the buzz flying by not going for an extension.

“Contractually, financially, [an extension] just doesn’t make any sense,” Irving said to reporters during June 2018, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN.

He wasn’t lying to the media. Irving could (and did) earn more as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. That was bound to be the case regardless of if it was with Boston or Brooklyn.

Oct. 14, 2018: Irving pledges loyalty to the parquet

There was a lot of hype surrounding Boston coming into the 2018-19 season. The young core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier had gone tit-for-tat against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series just last year, coming one game short of an NBA Finals appearance.

Now, they’d have Irving and Hayward back which perfectly set the stage. As the regular season approached, the Celtics took to their traditional fan night which usually happened a day or so before the season opener.

When asked about playing in Boston long-term, Irving stood up and delivered an answer that’s plagued him since:

Jan. 12, 2019: Irving blames the young and restless

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A few months had gone by, and at first, it appeared that the Celtics were on a roll. Irving even went so far as to record a Nike commercial with his dad about hanging No. 11 in the rafters. It didn’t take much time for most of that to unwind though. The Celtics hit a bump in January, and Irving was quick to point out how his younger teammates didn’t truly understand what it meant to be a championship team yet.

The harsh take of his supporting cast came after a frustrating loss to the Orlando Magic that came down to a last-minute inbound play. Hayward made the wrong read after dishing the ball to Tatum instead of Irving, which led to Irving letting his frustration boil over on the court.

Feb. 1, 2019: “Ask me July 1”

If there were four words that Celtics brass never wanted to hear from their impending free agent, it was those uttered by Irving a few weeks before All-Star weekend. Irving had battled quite a few media wars after his scapegoating of the youngsters in the locker room. As it was, his time as the official “villain” of the media was born.

As the Celtics were set to take on the New York Knicks later on that day, Irving offered some choice words to reporters in regards to his free agency: “Ask me July 1.” He followed up that simple statement with what could be summarized as his relationship with the media:

Feb. 17, 2019: Kevin Durant enters the chat

Irving continued his efforts to push the Celtics to title contention, but it came with another heavy blow as the 2019 All-Star Game approached. While Irving and Durant were having a rather discreet conversation in the arena tunnel before the game, someone was able to record the conversation which later surfaced on the internet.

While it was later this year confirmed by Durant that the two were discussing teaming up, it didn’t take the “Twitter agents” long to piece together the conversation well before that. Irving did his due diligence to save face with Boston in the meantime, but the writing was already on the wall.

The Celtics went on to cap off a disappointing season with a five-game elimination to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2019 playoffs during the second round, ending Irving’s short stint in Boston.

Even so, Irving has been apologetic at times since during his media day presser last season. He admitted to the fact that he was dealing with depression during his outburst to the media following the death of his grandfather.

However, his relationship with former teammates seems to be the opposite of what the media may have made it to be also, seeing as how most of the Celtics players have shown love to Irving since. More matter of factly, his decision to go to Brooklyn seems to be on an upward trend so far.