Renew those season tickets, Boston Celtics fans. It looks like Kyrie Irving is sticking around for a while.
Speaking at an event for season-ticket holders on Thursday, Irving made his position clear. He wants to stay, and gladly will if Boston will have him.
“I’ve shared it with some of my teammates as well as the organization as well as everyone else in Boston. If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year,” he would say via ESPN.
This comes on the heels of an excellent postseason run for the Celtics. Not only did they not have Gordon Hayward all season, but they shut Irving down for the playoffs due to a knee injury. Now we’re talking about him staying past next season? Yeah…the Eastern Conference is going to have its hands full. LeBron James doesn’t play for the Cleveland Cavaliers anymore. The Philadelphia 76ers will compete. We should expect the same from the Toronto Raptors, but we don’t know which Kawhi Leonard will show up yet. Milwaukee has Giannis and an actual head coach now.
In other words, things could get pretty fun! But Irving staying past this coming season would be a game-changer.
“I’m accepting it’s going to be a constant story,” he adds when discussing links to the New York Knicks. “…It’s a point in my professional career where it is a big-time decision. I’ve been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I’m finally getting acclimated in Boston.”
And right now, there’s really no reason to leave. With their talent on the court plus Brad Stevens on the sidelines, they are set up to run the East for the next few years. If players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum keep developing like they have, it’s going to be ridiculous to watch this team. They already went further last season than many thought possible.
Turns out, that was only just the beginning.