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Kyrie Irving said his decision is made and he’s staying with the Boston Celtics beyond this season.
“I know I made a lot of guys comfortable,” he told reporters, via Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal. “Our management, coaching staff, they don’t have to worry about recruiting me the whole season and telling me how great it is to be a Celtic and be here.”
Irving is due to enter free agency at the end of the season. His status has always been open to question. But Irving basically confirmed a report that he has every intention to remain with the Celtics long-term, and has already informed the franchise of those intentions.
“For me, it was like: ‘I’m happy here.’ Every single day is like an all-time competitive high,” he told reporters. “What more can you ask for as an organization taking a chance (on me) as well as getting me out of Cleveland?”
#Celtics Kyrie Irving: You can’t help but think about the future. You have guys here who are special already, and have the opportunity to get better. That’s something that I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to help them with along their careers.
— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) October 5, 2018
While Irving hit the biggest 3-pointer in Cleveland history — in the Cavaliers’ Game 7 win over Golden State to win the 2016 championship — his career has been hampered by key injuries, often at the worst possible time.
He averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists in 60 games with the Celtics last season, then missed the entire playoffs after undergoing a second knee surgery in April.
He suffered a wide array of injuries while with the Cavs, hobbling through the 2015 playoffs before missing all but the first game of a Finals loss to the Warriors.
The All-Star point guard reportedly did not like playing alongside former Cavs star LeBron James (now the Lakers) and requested a trade prior to the start of last season. A report from Cleveland.com stated Irving threatened to get knee surgery and sit out if the Cavs didn’t trade him.
The Cavs granted his request in August, overtaking the Celtics in the East finals and returning to the NBA Finals without Irving.
So far, the All-Star point guard has been healthy and productive in playing in two of the Celtics’ first three preseason games.