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SportReport: Kyrie Irving not opting into $21 million deal with Celtics, will become free agent

19:46  12 june  2019
19:46  12 june  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Report: Celtics 'skeptical' they can keep Kyrie Irving

Report: Celtics 'skeptical' they can keep Kyrie Irving The Boston Celtics have an admittedly murky future, as the point guard who they planned to build around seems destined for the exit door. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, sources close to the Celtics are “skeptical” that the team can retain Kyrie Irving, though the organization remains interested in re-signing him. With this in mind, the Celtics are reportedly exploring potential scenarios that will enable them to build around young standouts Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Yes, there's a chance the Celtics could lose Kyrie Irving if he opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent next year. Even so, the Celtics remain cautiously confident that Irving will be in a Celtics uniform for many With outside interests such as movies, commercials and his shoe deal with Nike

Kyrie Irving unexpectedly announces he plans to re-sign with the Celtics during a Even as he gets older, he has younger guys that can really pick him up if he starts to decline when he gets into his 30s and Irving has expressed hope that, with both him and Hayward returning this season, the Celtics

Report: Kyrie Irving not opting into $21 million deal with Celtics, will become free agent© Provided by Oath Inc. Kyrie Irving won't opt into his deal with the Celtics for the 2019-2020 season. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kyrie Irving has decided he won’t opt into his $21.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics for the 2019-2020 season.

The deadline for Irving’s decision for the opt-in was Thursday, and he was largely expected to decline the opt-in.

Celtics will reportedly still pursue Anthony Davis even if Kyrie Irving leaves

Celtics will reportedly still pursue Anthony Davis even if Kyrie Irving leaves The Boston Celtics are hoping to have a huge offseason that ends with them keeping Kyrie Irving and acquiring Anthony Davis, but the first task does not have to be completed in order for the team to remain committed to the second. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated said on his “The Crossover” podcast this week that the Celtics are planning to pursue a trade for Davis even if Irving decides to sign with another team. That would be risky considering Davis can opt out of his contract after next season, but Celtics GM Danny Ainge said recently that he is always going to take those types of risks.

Kyrie Irving tells Celtics ' nation at an event at the TD Garden that he plans to re-sign with Boston. Former Celtics great Paul Pierce told ESPN that Irving opting to return would be a smart move for his legacy.

Kyrie Irving . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On February 28, 2014, Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz. It was his 11th double-double with points and assists, becoming the first Celtic with 11 of that kind of ^ "NBA rookie-of-the-year candidate Kyrie Irving opts not to represent Australia at London Olympics".

Once the news is officially announced, Irving will become a free agent, able to sign a contract with any other team — including Boston. He’ll presumably be looking for a larger payday than he would get with that deal.

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Danny Ainge denies reports that Kyrie Irving has 'ghosted' Celtics.
Amid the hustle and bustle of Thursday night’s NBA draft, Boston Celtics general manager and President of basketball operations Danny Ainge took time to deny reports that Kyrie Irving has “ghosted” the organization after opting out of the final year of his contract. “Kyrie’s been good. He’s returned calls,” Ainge told NBC Sports Boston late Thursday night during a post-draft interview. “He’s returned messages. He’s been excellent…” The latest buzz surrounding the mercurial point guard is that Irving has designs on signing with the Brooklyn Nets, though subsequent reporting suggests the interest may not be mutual depending on other conditions.

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