Kyrie Irving To Turn Down Player Option, Become Free Agent

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics disputes a call during the game against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden on October 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes has exercised his player option for the 2019-20 season, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

"According to multiple league sources, Irving still has not removed the Celtics from consideration as he contemplates where to sign as a free agent, though the assumption around the National Basketball Association was he was looking to go elsewhere to join up with another marquee free agent". Along with the Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have been linked to Irving.

Per Wojnarowski, Irving intends to sign with ROC Nation Sports, a move that would certainly add to the speculation that Irving intends to sign with the Nets. Irving, a six-time All-Star, will become an unrestricted free agent, and league sources say he remains intensely interested in the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving, 27, demanded a trade out of Cleveland in 2017, with Boston supposedly being one of his preferred destinations. Irving also played in nine playoff games as the Celtics were eliminated in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving and Durant have reportedly expressed interest in playing together next season, although the ruptured Achilles' tendon Durant suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday could cloud that matter somewhat. But it was a tumultuous season off the court, with Irving calling out his teammates as the Celtics struggled through the regular season.

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