Irving to meet with Celtics ahead of free agency

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving could be moving on as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Kyrie Irving will meet with the Boston Celtics to discuss Irving’s future, perhaps as soon as this week ahead of Thursday’s draft, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Irving has opted out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, and has been strongly linked to the Brooklyn Nets. In fact, one report last week suggested Irving has already made his mind to join Brooklyn.

“According to a source with ties to ROC Nation, the organization expected to become Irving’s new representative, the All-Star point guard is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets when he becomes a free agent next month,” Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported.

“A separate league source told the Herald that his team (not the Celtics) has received the same information and is operating under the belief that Irving wants to join the Nets.”

Irving has also been mentioned as a possibility for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. A return to Celtics, per multiple reports, could also be in play.

Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists in 67 games this past season, but the Celtics failed to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in three years. Record-wise, there has been no dramatic shift for the Celtics one way or the other whether Irving is playing, resting or injured.

The free agency period begins June 30.