Kyrie Irving Opts Out Of Contract With Celtics, Becomes Free Agent

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has opted out of the final year of his deal as expected, according to the Athletic's Shams Charania. If Irving knows the chances of playing with Durant are remote, maybe he considers staying in Boston, where the chances of winning are higher than in NY.

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics had a pretty tumultuous season that saw the team get bounced in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks. The All-Star guard has spent the last two seasons with the Celtics after the franchise acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers two summers ago.

Irving's $21.3-million player option for 2019-20 is well below the going rate for a player with his bona fides. The question is whether it's a precursor to Irving signing with a team other than the Celtics in July. Irving also urged the media to ask him about his free agency again when the summer rolls around. The Celtics came away with a win in Game 1, but ended up losing four consecutive games to cap off a disappointing season.

Irving is coming off of a season in which he averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Irving has always been the subject of speculation and that only grew when the Brooklyn Nets, who are said to have a strong interest in the veteran guard, paved the way to have two max contract slots this summer.

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