Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kyrie Irving says future with Celtics isn't clear yet

Kyrie Irving says future with Celtics isn't clear yet

"I think it's only natural to think about [if Irving was still here]".

The writer of that column, Sopan Deb, put the cut response from Irving that included information about his upcoming decision with the Celtics.

He has averaged 22 points and 5.5 assists per game in his seven-year career. The big draft year for the Celtics could be next season, as they own the Philadelphia 76ers' (top 1 protected) or Sacramento Kings' (top 1 protected) pick, the Memphis Grizzlies (if it falls outside the top 8) and the Los Angeles Clippers pick (if it falls outside the top 14).

"I think they're scared". Irving, 26, has an opt-out clause in his contract that can make him an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season and there's a belief that the Celtics are "scared" he's going to do just that. 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.

It's not all doom and gloom from Mannix, however, as he pointed out that Irving's feelings on a move to NY may have changed after getting a taste of success on the Garden parquet. "I won't get on to you, but one thing: You would win a lot if you swapped to the Boston Celtics". Obviously you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise.

The answer is a ridiculously simple one: Hell, yes, you should want LeBron James on your basketball team, always.

While Gorman's concern centered around Irving's long term health, Yahoo's Chris Mannix says the Celtics are "scared" that Kyrie will leave for the Knicks. "Maybe the mindset has changed significantly".

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