Reports by both Sam Amico and the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett iterate that Boston Celtics stud Kyrie Irving is considering staying in Beantown. Of course, this was presumably always a consideration. What are league sources saying about Irving?
“Three agents told the Herald they fully expect Irving to opt out and leave next summer, but sources connected to the player reiterated in the last two days that, while there are miles to go between now and the end of the coming season, the All-Star guard is quite pleased with his Celtic surroundings and has been talking about the future here beyond 2018-19.”
Yet, analysts and radio personalities love to create content during the slow NBA offseason. So, don’t tell Colin Cowherd this news. The Fox Sports talk show host loves stirring up some Kyrie drama. See for yourself.
Kyrie and the Knicks. Could be more to this story than I realized pic.twitter.com/tuLNYn8hRi
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) July 24, 2018
There seems to be credible rumbling around the league that Irving wants to team up with Jimmy Butler. Seeing as both are free agents next year, this is possible. But will Irving pass up playing on a contending Boston team?
I would bet that he takes a four-year max deal with an option for the fourth year. At that point, Kyrie will have ten years of NBA service and qualify for an ungodly amount of money for his next deal.
Regardless, this will be a story to monitor.