Kyrie Irving says signing extension with Celtics "just doesn’t make any sense"
Jun 13 2018
For those of you scoring at home, that's $86 million and one more guaranteed year if he waits.
Cleveland had opportunities to win at least two of the first three games.
Just as the Celtics rejuvenated themselves under head coach Brad Stevens, James was there to meet the franchise at the rim again, this time having returned to the wine-and-gold. Here's a look at how the 2017-18 season went.
That comes with a real risk for the Celtics that Irving bolts in the summer of 2019, a risk they would love to avoid.
Smart's future with the Celtics is uncertain, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent, but Irving isn't focused on the rumor mill of who's staying and who's going. But what if this intimacy is fed by him becoming a member of the Green?
Irving was searching for a home and it seemed like he found it in Boston. Fans down in Philadelphia would give their first-born to see James complete "The Process". Granted, he did get about 13 more minutes per game this year. He lives in the now, and knows it's not in his best interest to give up his only leverage with Boston come next summer. The Celtics are projected to be $6.4 million over the salary cap next season with $107.4 million tied up.
He doesn't want to talk about his contract extension - which he said would not make sense "contractually" or "financially" - he doesn't want to talk about his long-term plans with the Celtics, and he doesn't want to talk about the possibility of his former teammate LeBron James coming to Boston.
Wearing a gray suit and T-shirt, Irving gushed about what Boston's young players accomplished in the postseason, especially playing without both Irving and Gordon Hayward. This is where general manager Danny Ainge would have to strip himself off all attachments to the marquee players on his roster as he did in sending Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers last offseason.
However, Irving grew disgruntled in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving faced the media on Tuesday afternoon, answering questions on a number of topics, including his future with the Boston Celtics.
Irving said that's a discussion to be had after the upcoming season.
But, it's awfully tough to send Hayward away in a move like this without getting to see how he gels with the rest of this Celtics team.
Boston will be healthy next season and depending on what happens with LeBron and his free agency, the Celtics should be considered the early favorite in the East.