Irving on Celtics: ‘Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this?’

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics enter the 2018-19 season as the favorites in the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving sounds content with the Boston Celtics … and without Jimmy Butler.

As most NBA fans know, Irving and Butler are due to become free agents at the end of the 2018-19 season. As many fans and media members love to do, dreams of Irving and Butler teaming up have already begun.

Butler is currently a star swingman for the Minnesota Timberwolves and is reportedly seeking a trade. Irving is supposedly close with Butler. That leads to the rumors.

But in an interview with ESPN, Irving insisted he hasn’t talked hoops with Butler since 2016. He also insisted that the Celtics are dear to his basketball heart.

“Who wouldn’t be a part of this?” Irving told ESPN. “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and Al Horford and Gordon Hayward? People keep saying, ‘Why won’t he commit to Boston?’

“Well, there are financial implications involved.”

Irving also said he’s just now “getting acclimated in Boston” after having “been away from Cleveland officially for a year now.”

According to SNY.tv, Irving even took a class at Harvard.

“He seems to be settled [in Boston],” SNY.tv quoted a source as saying. “Plus I don’t think he is only going to be taking one course at Harvard.”

Just like his days with the Cavaliers, Irving struggled to stay healthy with the Celtics. The All-Star point guard made it through 60 games, but missed the playoffs with a bum knee. There are those throughout the league who have their doubts as to whether the injury-prone Irving will ever be able to stay healthy when it matters most.

Throw in the fact Celtics backup Terry Rozier played extremely well in the postseason and … well, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will march forward with Irving beyond this year.

For now, though, it seems both the Celtics and Irving are more than excited to give this another run. And what happens with Butler doesn’t really appear to be a factor.