A newsletter by The New York Times’ Marc Stein on Tuesday caused some of the speculation surrounding Kyrie Irving’s future with the Celtics to resurface, with two teams reportedly interested in pursuing Irving next offseason.
“Kyrie Irving’s intentions are not at all clear at this point. There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit from Boston next summer or that he’s angling to go to New York – as is often speculated,” Stein wrote. “But there are nonetheless credible rumblings in circulation that the Nets plan to pursue Irving, right alongside the Knicks, should he become a free agent on July 1, 2019.”
The idea of Irving landing in New York emerged last summer, when ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Irving’s request for a trade off the Cavaliers. The first team mentioned as the guard’s preferred destination was the Spurs, then the Knicks, Heat, and Timberwolves.
“I think they’re scared. I think they’re scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019,” said Yahoo! Sports Chris Mannix on his podcast back in June. “I know he had a great year, but there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie has talked about it – about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room, from what I was told.”
What do the Knicks and/or the Nets have to offer Irving? They aren’t on the list of favorites to win the Easten Conference — a list headlined by the Celtics. There was, of course, a widespread belief that becoming a superstar in his own right was one of the reasons Irving requested a trade from LeBron James’ Cavaliers. Though Rookie of the Year finalist Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are budding NBA stars, Irving is coming off a year where he missed 22 regular season games and still led his own team in scoring. with the exception of Aron Baynes, he’s also the only member of the team with Finals experience. Gordon Hayward is a big name that isn’t going to dominate the spotlight like James — he is going to help the Celtics win.
There’s no reason Irving won’t be considered the go-to player next year, and even if he wasn’t…there is no evidence directly from Irving suggesting that title is still important to him anyway. In June, Irving spoke to reporters for the first time since mid-March, at a media event for an upcoming premiere of his film, “Uncle Drew.”
“My attitude is really just redemption next year,” he said. “Just integrating myself with our team again and really focusing on winning a championship. That’s the only thing that I’m worried about.”
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