File this under the heading of: Oh, crap.
According to Yahoo NBA insider Chris Mannix, the Celtics are “scared” that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving could jump ship next summer in free agency, with the New York Knicks a potential landing spot.
Irving can opt out of his contract after the 2018-19 season, and the expectation has been that the Celtics will sign him to a five-year max contract worth over $200 million.
Mannix, however, believes Irving will at least consider other options.
“I think they’re scared,” he said on his podcast. “I think they’re scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told.
“You know things can change. Obviously, you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise. You’re on a winning team. Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?”
With the Celtics potentially involved in the summer’s LeBron James sweepstakes, Irving’s long-term feelings about Boston suddenly become even more relevant.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog