It looks like the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes is over before it began. Irving is prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.
Yesterday it was reported that Irving had signed with Roc Nation belonging to rapper and Brooklyn native Jay Zee (who was also at a time part owner of the Nets.) Roc Nation also represents Kevin Durant.
Jay-Z + Brooklyn + Kevin Durant. Do the math. https://t.co/gr0WjWxeMf
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) June 13, 2019
More from Bulpett’s story…
“According to a source with ties to Roc Nation, the organization expected to become Irving’s new representative, the All-Star point guard is prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets when he becomes a free agent next month. A separate league source told the Herald that his team (not the Celtics) has received the same information and is operating under the belief that Irving wants to join the Nets.
Word is that the Celtics, meanwhile, had not been given any definitive indication from Irving as of Thursday afternoon.
To be fair to the situation, any story involving Irving needs to contain a disclaimer. While the two sources cited in the second paragraph are to be trusted, most anything involving Irving should be seen as a fluid matter. Nothing can be truly settled until a contract is signed, and that cannot take place until the NBA moratorium ends on July 6 at noon Eastern Time. And, as Celtic followers have come to know, Irving remains eminently capable of changing his mind.”
Irving has been tied to the Nets for some time with many reporting that he was ‘intensely interested” in heading back home to his native Brooklyn.
Back before the season began Irving told fans at a season ticket holder event that he was definitely returning to the Celtics next season.
Irving averaged 23.8 points, a career-high 6.9 assists and shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range this season but flamed out badly in 4 straight playoff losses to the Bucks. He also had difficulty meshing with the team’s younger players, calling them out publicly on more than one occasion.
With or without Irving the Celtics are said to still be interested in trading for Anthony Davis.