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With one more season remaining on his contract, Kyrie Irving has the Boston Celtics “scared” he might leave when he reaches free agency next summer and the New York Knicks are a threat to sign him.
So says Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports on his podcast. About 24 minutes into a conversation with fellow Yahoo NBA writers, Mannix had this to say about the Celtics:
“I think they’re scared. I think they’re scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving.
“Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told. “You know things can change. Obviously, you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise. You’re on a winning team. Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?”
Irving, a five-time All-Star acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Aug. 22, can opt out of his deal after the 2018-19 season, and the expectation has been that Boston will sign him to a five-year max contract worth more than $200 million.