Kyrie Irving Has Reportedly ‘Not Removed’ Celtics From Consideration


The soon-to-be free agent parted ways with his longtime agent Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving officially opted out of his deal, the Celtics reportedly engaged in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans, Aron Baynes opted into his player option and Irving fired his agent to join ROC Nation.

Irving averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and five rebounds in what was an up-and-down season for the All-Star point guard.

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However, that is just what Kyrie Irving is doing, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Irving is now expected to partner with ROC Nation Sports, which happens to be owned by Brooklyn native and former Brooklyn Nets part owner Jay-Z. "That concept was placed in some measure of doubt when Kevin Durant - the most prominent of the potential 2019 free agents - suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night".

He only appeared in 51 games through the regular season (18 starts), missing time with a broken left hand, a left foot contusion and some minor ankle injuries, however he proved to be one of Boston's best backup frontcourt options, bringing his trademark defensive energy throughout the season.

Irving had until Thursday to decide on his contract status and will now be eligible to sign a deal with any team in the league. It's been said several of Irving's teammates would be just fine if he were to move on and play somewhere else next season.