To no one’s surprise Kyrie Irving has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Celtics and will become a free agent this offseason. The news was first reported by the Athletic’s & Stadium’s Shams Charania.
Celtics' Kyrie Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million deal for next season and will become a free agent eligible to sign a new contract with Boston or elsewhere, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 12, 2019
Irving can of course still re-sign with the Celtics but all indications are the Irving’s is set on leaving.
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The all-star point guard had one of his best seasons last year averaging 23.8 points while setting career highs with 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.
He struggled mightily in the postseason as the Celtics were dispatched in 5 games by the Bucks. In the 4 losses Irving shot just 30.1 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from behind the arc.
Before the season began Kyrie vowed to return to Boston in a preseason season ticket holder’s event.
He then changed his tune in February after things went sour in the locker room.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my career,” Irving said. “I don’t owe anyone s–t.”
Celtics President of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged last week that it was possible Irving wouldn’t be back.
“We made a risk by trading for Kyrie, and no matter what happens for Kyrie, I’ll never regret that,” said Ainge. “You just move on to the next deal.”