Kyrie Irving’s free agency is going to be one of the most exciting stories in the upcoming NBA offseason, with people wondering what he’s going to do next and which team he will pick as his new home. Moreover, the only thing that looks certain now is that he won’t be going back to Boston, as the chances to see him playing at TD Garden with the Celtics jersey are ‘low’.
The 2016 NBA Championship winner, who will surely opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, isn't expected to re-sign with the Celtics, according to a report from SNY’s Ian Begley.
“His plans/desires today may not be the same as they are on June 30 (when free agency begins). With that said, in recent days, people around Irving have described the probability of him returning to Boston as a free agent as low.”
After two seasons with Boston, Irving has been doubtful about his future which remains uncertain for several people, including the Celtics’ front office. This season he averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists for Boston.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he hasn't received any "indication" that Irving is planning to leave the organization.
"There's not much I can say about that, honestly," Ainge said, via NBC Sports Boston. "There's ongoing conversations. We'll have to wait and see what happens."
"There's always risk in making deals. We're not afraid of risks," Ainge said. "We made a risk by trading for Kyrie. And no matter what happens with Kyrie, I'll never regret that. Just move on to the next deal."
This year Boston appeared as the favorite team to dominate the East but plenty of internal issues made the C’s finish the regular season with a 49-33 record, and falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals, the worst ending for a season that was a complete nightmare.
Now Kyrie has been heavily linked to a move to Nets and Knicks, but recent reports have stated he’s "more open" to signing with the Lakers. This whole situation will make the upcoming free agency one to remember; Irving will be one of the hottest free agents and he won’t be missing offers this offseason.