Has Kyrie Irving played his last game as a member of the Boston Celtics?
No one knows for sure but the boys in Vegas aren’t super confident about Kyrie coming back to Boston next season after the Celtics were steamrolled out of the playoffs 4-games-to-1 by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The odds on favorites to sign Irving are the New York Knicks who could also be in play to ink Kevin Durant. The Knicks considered 2-1 favorites.
In addition to getting Irving, the Knicks are also considered one of the leaders in the race for Kevin Durant.
The other New York team the Brooklyn Nets has 3-1 odds of signing Kyrie.
Irving appeared out of sorts with the Celtics all season long. He publicly called out the team’s young stars who were able to reach the conference finals without him last year. He bristled with the media, and appeared in a foul mood much of the season. Irving also walked back a preseason promise to return to the Celtics.
The Celtics slogged through the regular season but Irving promised the playoffs would be different. When asked why he responded “because I’m here.”
All would have been forgiven had Irving had – as promised – flipped the switch come playoff time. Instead he had arguably his worst 4 game stretch as a Celtic. Irving shot just 25-of-83 (30 percent) from the field and 5-of-27 (19 percent) from 3 in the Celtics 4 losses.
When asked whether he’d be back next season Irving offered only this..
“I’m going to be honest, I’m just trying to get back to Boston first, safely,” Irving said. “See my family, decompress, do what human beings do.”
But when looking back on the season as a whole, Irving sounded like a man who did not enjoy the experience one bit.
“A lot of lessons to take from this season,” Irving said. “From Day 1 of training camp all the way until now, it just felt like a rush. I tried to enjoy as many moments as I could. It really comes down to great team basketball.
“Truth be told, it’s no time to be disappointed. You take your lesson, you take the ass-whopping that they handed us and you move on. It’s a basketball journey, obviously, you want to keep playing but they put a haul to that and they deserved the series, and they played like they wanted it. It was a great opponent for me to play against for the rest of my career because I know I won’t forget something like this — the taste of feeling defeat in this type of style — being down 1-4, I haven’t felt.
“For me, it’s just moving onto the next thing and just seeing where that ends up.”