Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Kyrie Irving says Boston has championship pedigree now

ImageKyrie Irving with the ball as Uncle Drew in the movie of the same ImageKyrie Irving with the ball as Uncle Drew in the movie of the same
Rita Gibson | 13 June, 2018, 04:29

The Celtics guard on Wednesday (AEST) deferred when asked about the prospect of the team pursuing James this summer.

If he waits until free agency next year, however, and then maxes out with the Celtics (the only team that can offer him a 5-year deal), he'd be in line to make $190 million. "I'm doing my best to kind of deflect all that and focus on what's in front of us".

Irving was selected number one overall by Cleveland in the 2011 NBA Draft. From "Uncle Drew" promo tours to rumors of his departure to NY slated for 2019, Irving has now repeatedly said something without saying anything. Sure, he's a bit - how do I say this - unconventional, but you still don't expect players to be so opaque about the future.

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"Management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now", he said.

"No", he said. "Contractually and financially, it just wouldn't make any sense". Injuries have always been a big concern for Irving, as he only played in 11 games in college at Duke and has never played a full 82 game season in his National Basketball Association career. The Celtics came within a game of the Finals even without Irving and Gordon Hayward and showed flashes of what could be a true contender next season, especially if Irving comes back healthy. They passed a lot of expectations and I couldn't be more proud of them. Plus, Rozier and Morris were crucial leaders on a team that reached Game 7 of the conference finals this season, and trading for James would involve passing on a full year of their services as well. The Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors, dropping James' personal Finals record to 3-6.

Although he was disappointed he wasn't able to contribute during the playoffs, Irving said the team playing well without him was "only beneficial". Irving's response about his future with the Celtics certainly isn't reassuring to green teamers, but it's also important to remember that this is Kyrie Irving. "I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September -- not that I'm thinking about it or anything - so I'm excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it", he said. "Just trying not to push it too hard".

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