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Kyrie Irving is opting out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn’t mean he has ruled out re-signing with the Boston Celtics.
According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Irving intends to consider all of his options.
So far, Irving has strongly been linked to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, and to a lesser degree, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
On Tuesday, ESPN reported Irving parted ways with long-time agent Jeff Weschler for and intends to sign with ROC Nation Sports — a move that would certainly add to the speculation that Irving intends to sign with the Nets.
ROC Nation was founded by former Nets part-owner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, who played a large role in the team’s move from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.
“The Nets and Knicks have both hoped to sign Irving and Kevin Durant together into max salary slots,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. “Durant’s free agency has been complicated by a ruptured right Achilles that will keep him out of the entire 2019-20 season. The Knicks and Nets are both still interested in signing Durant and Irving together, league sources said.”
The Celtics are currently talking trade with the New Orleans Pelicans in an attempt to acquire star Anthony Davis. They reportedly will try to trade for Davis regardless of what Irving decides in free agency.
Irving, 27, demanded a trade out of Cleveland in 2017, with Boston supposedly being one of his preferred destinations. He has put up strong individual numbers with the Celtics, averaging 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds this past season. He also shot 49 percent from the field and nearly 41 percent on 3-pointers.
But the Celtics have been just as successful, perhaps more, in the games Irving has missed. It’s been said several of Irving’s teammates would be just fine if he were to move on and play somewhere else next season.