Kyrie Irving on free agency: Boston Celtics' organization has 'consistency,' 'authenticity'

With a deep talented roster that is about to get expensive the Boston Celtics are going to have decisions to make about who to pay

With a deep talented roster that is about to get expensive the Boston Celtics are going to have decisions to make about who to pay

The expectations are high because he was the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, he improved a lot and the Celtics' expectations are a lot higher after reaching the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

Irving did note that he hasn't had any conversations with Boston's front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision.

Just as the Celtics rejuvenated themselves under head coach Brad Stevens, James was there to meet the franchise at the rim again, this time having returned to the wine-and-gold.

Kyrie Irving is a superstar point-guard.

Irving recently spoke to the New York Times and when asked about his future with the Boston Celtics, he wasn't very clear.

"If Irving is available in a trade this summer, the Knicks should absolutely engage the Celtics - albeit warily because GM Danny Ainge has been known to prevail in negotiations". He lives in the now, and knows it's not in his best interest to give up his only leverage with Boston come next summer.


Smart's future with the Celtics is uncertain, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent, but Irving isn't focused on the rumor mill of who's staying and who's going.

Wearing a gray suit and T-shirt, Irving gushed about what Boston's young players accomplished in the postseason, especially playing without both Irving and Gordon Hayward.

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. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum proved they were ready to win immediately. This season he averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

"For sure", Irving said. He is the priciest of the three, commanding 29 percent of the Celtics salary cap this year with a figure of $31.2 million. The thought process is that James would prefer not to play with Kevin Durant or former teammate Kyrie Irving as joining either team would require them to be traded.

Is giving up Hayward, Morris and Rozier to land James worth it? Trading two seasons of Hayward for one campaign with James is a worthwhile proposition.

Burning question: How good is this Celtics team when healthy?

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