Irving on reuniting with LeBron: We'll see what management decides

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant

"I can't really speak for other athletes".

There are reports that the Celtics might go after James and that could make things a little awkward for Irving given the fact that he left the Cavs to not be partnering with James. "We'll see what happens". And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it. I am sure the Celtics would happily give Irving a contract better than Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conely; Conely is now in the third year of his five-year, $152 million contract.

"I love his game", Porzingis said. Cleveland traded Irving to Boston for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick (Number 8 overall), and a 2020 second round pick. I'd been talking about how great [the younger players] were.

"My attitude is really just redemption next year", he said. "In this business, I've kind of experienced it all and I've seen a lot, so we'll see what management decided", Irving said.

The Celtics have undergone a tremendous transformation in the past few years since Brad Stevens came in as coach.

Thanks to the structure of National Basketball Association contracts and increased TV revenue next year, Irving will be eligible to sign a five-year deal worth $188 million if he chooses to stay with the Celtics, who retained his Bird rights in the trade from the Cavs allowing them to go over the salary cap to retain a player.

Irving didn't try to deflect when asked about James and the possibility that the Celtics could be a wild-card suitor if he opts out of the final year of his deal.




He added: "Obviously, the speculation from the outside is inevitable".

"My hope is that maybe we could limit it to maybe one question a day about what I'm doing next year", Irving said. "So we'll be looking for some shorter term, maybe some veteran players that can help some of our younger guys for this summer and really preparing and gearing up for free agency in the summer of '19 and '20".

He also raved about Tatum and Brown and the grit and effort of Marcus Smart.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers star believes they now have a squad capable of winning a championship.

"Do I see him there long time?" But with what they'd need to pay Leonard and what they are paying Hayward, he'd be the odd man out.

The Celtics are a young team with a lot of potential moving forward. With that being said, Irving is taking a slow-and-steady approach to his rehab so that he can return by the start of training camp in late September without facing any setbacks along the way.

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