Monday, 18 June, 2018

Boston Celtics: Where the franchise stands heading into the 2018 offseason

Boston Celtics Celtics 'scared' of Kyrie Irving's future with Knicks lurking
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 09:34

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on October 24, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Knicks, of course, were mentioned on Irving's list of preferred trade destinations when the 26-year-old guard first grew exhausted of riding as LeBron's sidekick and ultimately demanded a move out of Cleveland.

The Celtics are concerned about Kyrie Irving's long-term future in Boston, in part because of his desire to flee for a division rival, according to one National Basketball Association insider. The Celtics would be able to sign him to a five-year, $200 million max deal, if he wants to stay. "I think they're scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019". They can offer him the most, and they are willing to do anything they can to keep him here, etc. etc., and obviously the wife is going to have a major, major say in things. 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. We all know that where players land in free agency or trades can change based on many factors, especially when we are talking about a guy who has a whole other season to play before he can even opt out.

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Irving's departure certainly left a dent in the heart of the Cavaliers franchise. "Maybe the mindset has changed significantly?"

Love's comments came three days after one unnamed Cavaliers veteran told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd there was "no doubt" the Cavs would have won the first three games of the NBA Finals against the Warriors if they still had Irving.