Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving watched his team nearly squeak into the NBA Finals this past season without him. Considering his replacement Terry Rozier played so well, questions have arisen over Irving’s future in Beantown. In fact, even the Celtics are reportedly “scared” that Irving will jump ship after next season. If people brushed off that thought as just media fodder, they may want to look again.
In an interview with Sopan Deb of the New York Times, Irving gave an awfully ambiguous answer about his long-term thoughts on Boston.
DELETED SCENES: Asked Kyrie Irving if he sees himself as Celtic long term. pic.twitter.com/VasLSG2PHP
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 9, 2018
Irving missed the entirety of the Celtics’ playoff run with knee surgery. Despite missing him and star Gordon Hayward, Boston was only one win away from the NBA Finals. It appears that Kyrie is keeping his options open as fat as free agency goes, despite the situation he is in with a young and talented Celtics team. Boston can offer Irving a five-year max contract worth upwards of $200 million after next season.