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Kyrie Irving Does Not Like Boston

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

When the Celtics made the move for Kyrie Irving, there was no promise he was going to stay beyond the two seasons he had left on his contract. It is true that he seemed happy at first, even going as far as to verbally commit to staying with the franchise.

But it did not take long for things to spiral backward. Suddenly, Uncle Drew grew detached from the team and there was increasing angst by those within the front office and even in the locker room that their All-Star point guard was not having a good time.

It is the disdain for Boston that has as much to do with Irving's inevitable departure as his love for New York City. It isn't just about wanting to play in brighter lights or making the decision for himself, him leaving the Celtics is also very much about just wanting to get the heck away from the city.

"Kyrie Irving didn't like Boston," said ESPN's Jackue MacMullan on The Hoop Collective Podcast. "I've been told this by many people. He didn't like living in Boston. He just didn't. By the end, he had issues with Brad. By the end he had issues with Danny. By the end he had issues with pretty much all of us."

In case you had any hope left, this all but eliminates the possibility of Kyrie returning to the Celtics. Clearly, something went amiss between the franchise and their star. Now faced with this reality, Boston will have to re-evaluate their future this summer, when Al Horford is said to be taking off as well.

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Despite the headaches he has caused, Kyrie will likely be one of the most coveted free agents this year. He is coming off a season averaging 23.8 points per game on 48% shooting. The Knicks, Nets, and Lakers are said to be his most likely landing spots when free agency kicks off next month.