Kyrie plans to re-sign with Celtics next summer

Kyrie Irving verbally commits to long-term deal with Celtics

There has been much chatter concerning this forthcoming free agency class in the National Basketball Association.

Kyrie Irving has been on record as saying he will not sign an extension with the Boston Celtics this season.

"If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here", Irving told a crowd to raucous applause in TD Garden.

The comment drew a raucous reaction from the crowd.

Shams Charania of The Athletic also reports Irving has privately communicated his plans to re-sign with ownership of the Celtics.

According to, Irving is due to make $20.1 million in the 2018-19 season, then has a $21.3 million player option for 2019-20. The 26-year-old from Duke will be entering his eighth National Basketball Association season this year.

Kyrie Irving says he intends to remain a member of the Boston Celtics beyond this season.

He joined Boston in a trade from the Cavaliers last August, but his season ended in March as he dealt with persistent knee trouble.

The five-time All-Star was a key part of the Cavaliers' 2015-16 championship team. "It's a point in my professional career where it is a big-time decision".

The Celtics always had a good feeling Irving wanted to stay in Boston long-term, but they were never 100 percent sure.

The 2019 National Basketball Association free agent crop could include Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, plus potential restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis.