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The Celtics Are Scared Kyrie Irving May Leave For Rival Team In Free Agency

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They may have only had Kyrie for one season so far, but the Boston Celtics are already worrying the star point guard will be leaving Boston when he hits free agency in 2019.

The Celtics had a stellar year this season, succeeding with and without Kyrie in the lineup, as proven by their postseason run with rookie Jayson Tatum leading the charge. Boston only came one win away from an NBA Finals appearance without two of their All-Stars, showing just how good they're going to be when fully healthy.

That being said though, Kyrie was traded to Boston by the Cavs, as he had no say where Cleveland could trade him to, meaning Boston may not exactly be the place where Kyrie wants to spend the rest of his career.

The Celtics are aware of this fact, and according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix, Boston is scared Kyrie could be heading to New York when he hits free agency.

"I think they're scared," said Chris Mannix. "I think they're scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told.

"You know things can change. Obviously you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise. You're on a winning team. Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?"

It's no lie that New York was one of Kyrie's preferred destinations when he requested a trade, and it's more than likely he still wants to play in Madison Square Garden permanently. Still, Irving still has a year left on his contract, and if the Celtics can make a championship run with the squad all healthy, it may sway his decision.