Kyrie Irving sounds genuinely excited to play with Gordon Hayward this fall, but we still have little idea for his plans once he hits free agency next summer.
Those were the two main takeaways from Irving’s interview with Boston Sports Journal (subscription required).
“I’m just excited to see what that looks like, really getting that experience with G and seeing what other pieces we have going forward,” Irving told BSJ’s Brian Robb. “I think that’s the exciting part about all this is that when you’re shaping up to gear up to be a championship-caliber team for years to come — which I think Danny (Ainge) has echoed for a little bit. I’m just appreciative to be a part of it and see where my career can take off as well. I’m excited.”
That part is all well and good, but after reports that the Celtics are “scared” Irving will depart in free agency next year, a little reassurance wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. But as was the case in a recent interview with the New York Times, Irving declined to provide it.
“It’s encouraging,” said Irving of the Boston experience. “For me, it’s my job to just stay present. When all that stuff at that time comes, we’ll see what happens.”
In the meantime, he’s wondering what the Celtics will look like when Hayward joins Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the gang.
“Just how much versatility we have,” Irving said. “I think that our starting five probably could have changed game-to-game, based on the guys we have on this team and the length. When you add another prominent ballhandler, creator of opportunities, scorer and defender in Gordon, that’s something you can’t necessarily talk about it, you can only see. That’s something a lot of us are excited to see from G.”
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