Especially with a point guard situation featuring just one more year of Terry Rozier's rookie contract behind the ultra-talented Irving, while both Marcus Smart (restricted free agent) and Shane Larkin (unrestricted free agent) hit the open market this summer.
Irving was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers in 2011 and played three seasons with James, from 2014-17. "You know, and just going into this year with the mindset of trying to win a championship". While we love to hear a player say he wants to be a Celtic for life, that's not Irving's way. "I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now".
"In this business, I've experienced it all and I've seen a lot", he tactfully replied, "so we'll see what management decides".More news: AT&T-Time Warner Deal Approved By Federal Judge
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The five-time All-Star missed the last 15 games of the regular season and the entirety of the playoffs after undergoing left knee surgery. It's hard to even really fathom what you would even do with an extra $80 million, but even that being the case, you shouldn't pass that kind of money up.
"Obviously, it wasn't going to feel the same (not being there), but I was just so proud of our guys and what they did", Irving said. "They gained a lot of experience, and now it can only help us going forward".
Cleveland beat Boston 87-79 in Game 7 to send James to his eighth consecutive Finals series. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. But the thing is Irving is 100 percent right: There is, financially, no good reason for him to sit down with the Celtics' front office now when he could be in line for a major payday next summer. Irving's response about his future with the Celtics certainly isn't reassuring to green teamers, but it's also important to remember that this is Kyrie Irving.