Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving said Tuesday that a contract extension this summer doesn't make sense for him and that while he's already bracing for the daily questions about his future, his sole focus is on getting healthy for next season and helping Boston take another step toward title contention.
Meanwhile, former teammate Dwyane Wade believes more than the chances of winning a championship, James' priority is his family when it comes to his next potential destination. Regardless of what conversations have or not have taken place yet, the question that remains a mystery for many is whether Irving could, in fact, play with James again, here in Boston? That said, the 26-year-old is in no rush to ink a new deal with Boston.
"It was going to be a process coming back", he said. 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. So obviously it's a business at the end of the day.
But Kyrie, who still hasn't started running as he rehabs from knee surgery, seems comfortable with the situation here overall. But practices are going to be high-intense and that's what you want as a competitor. "Just trying not to push it too hard". "We all have come from being the best player, or one of them, at a certain time and place, and we want to showcase that".
Because the Celtics are over the cap, Irving can only sign for 120 percent of what he's making now, which is just over $20 million. He raved about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, then noted how Marcus Smart gave up his body and "that's the type of attitude and effort you'd love to be part of". So you don't really try to control that narrative.
"I'm truly grateful to be able to speak with management as well as our coaching staff", he said.
However, as The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks states here, James could opt into the final season of his contract with Cleveland at $35.6 million and be shipped to Boston in a sign-and-trade. "I've seen a lot, so. we'll see what management [does]".
Irving asked his hope for the future.
"The challenge is now we have championship pedigree", he said.