Kyrie Irving cautious, but optimistic about long-term future with Celtics

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Irving talked about the versatility Hayward brings, but maybe more important (since the Celtics already had a ton of versatility) will be the scoring punch Hayward and Irving provide.

"Well, I mean, I know that question is going to come up a lot over the next year, just based upon where my deal is".

In order for the money to match up, Ainge would need to send Irving, Hayward or Al Horford to Cleveland in addition to a batch of expiring contracts, such as Marcus Morris or Terry Rozier, and a pick from their still-burgeoning stash of first-rounders over the next few years.

"For me, I don't think it's a basketball thing", Wade said, as quoted on NESN. How can Irving feel good about his long-term viability on a team that tosses him into every trade offer?

Celtics fans have seen the best and worst moments of James' career up close in personal. And that has people going insane in Boston.

LeBron James could become a free agent in the summer. That came shortly after Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman said he wasn't sure if Irving would be a member of the Celtics in the coming seasons.

We never saw the real Boston Celtics as they only had Hayward for five minutes this year. Irving's response about his future with the Celtics certainly isn't reassuring to green teamers, but it's also important to remember that this is Kyrie Irving. While we love to hear a player say he wants to be a Celtic for life, that's not Irving's way.

Boston will be healthy next season and depending on what happens with LeBron and his free agency, the Celtics should be considered the early favorite in the East. That, or he and Ainge can chat about it during their next trip to Chipotle. Irving will be unrestricted, and while Shams Charania (and others) reported that Irving was "thrilled" to be headed to Boston when the Celtics dealt for him last August, the Celtics weren't on his initial list of preferred destinations. Assuming the Celtics don't do anything drastic this offseason (which is a big assumption), Irving will have everything he reportedly wanted when he left Cleveland - an opportunity to be the undisputed leader for an incredibly talented team with realistic championship aspirations.

But for now, like Irving, we will stay present.

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