After his concerning and dramatic postseason, NBA teams are reported “more wary” about signing Kyrie Irving onto their franchise just months before the star guard is due to hit free agency.
Wading through the talk from NBA sources all through the season on Irving’s future (and even his present) has been a regular task, and the cacophony has gotten only louder here at the league’s annual draft combine.
The most interesting bit of information from several sources that we’ve been able to consolidate and confirm is that some teams thought to have interest in Irving as a free agent are now a great deal more wary. Based on the way things played out with the Celtics this season and Irving’s role both off the court all year and on it in the playoff loss to Milwaukee, certain clubs are concerned about putting too many eggs in his basket right away.
In all of his seasons in the NBA, none were more demanding than this one. With big expectations entering the year, the Celtics were counting on Kyrie to lead them through the Eastern Conference. Instead, Kyrie’s ego and questionable leadership decisions created a toxic environment for the franchise. Things ended in disappointing fashion for both Kyrie and the Celtics when they lost in 5 Game of the Eastern Semis to the Bucks.
That is not the way you want to enter your free agency, and Kyrie may soon find out just how much he hurt his own stock.