Kyrie Irving is probably going to opt out following the 2018-19 NBA season. But from the looks of things, he wants to stay with the Celtics. Speaking to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, you can tell he’s looking forward to their future.
“The future is very, very bright in Boston,” he says. “Even if I ever try to think about that thought of going elsewhere, it would be like ‘what are you thinking? We’re pretty f-ing good here.”
Celtics fans are going to love hearing that. And at the end of the day, Irving is right. After all, the Celtics went 55-27 en route to a second-place Eastern Conference finish. Oh, and that was without free-agent signing Gordon Hayward — who was lost on opening night to a season-ending leg injury. Then Irving didn’t even play during the postseason, as the Celtics shut him down due to knee issues.
Boston got all the way to the Eastern Conference Final anyway.
Now everything is healthy. Hayward is back; Irving is ready to go. And the Celtics are going to be dangerous. They could be the best team out East for the next several years. That said, what about all the rumors linking him to the New York Knicks?
“I’m from New Jersey,” he says. “But it’s rumors, rumors, rumors … it’s easy to draw that connection, New York City, but why would I want to leave here?”
For now, Irving is saying all the right things. And during his first season with Boston, he put up 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds across 60 games. Fans will be hoping he builds on that this coming season.
And if he’s fully healthy, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.