Kyrie Irving on free agency: Boston Celtics' organization has 'consistency,' 'authenticity'

Kyrie Irving will become an unrestricted free agent in 2019

And, you know, that time will arise and when it does, I think I'll have a better, clear, concise, answer for a lot of people that are going to ask.

Love's comments came three days after one unnamed Cavaliers veteran told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd there was "no doubt" the Cavs would have won the first three games of the NBA Finals against the Warriors if they still had Irving.

Unfortunately for Boston, the injury bug would strike again as Irving would be lost for the rest of the season on March 11. "For me, it's my job to just stay present".

Regardless of what the reaction from the local crowd would be, James coming to Boston is far-fetched but is not out of the realm of possibility.

Meanwhile, former teammate Dwyane Wade believes more than the chances of winning a championship, James' priority is his family when it comes to his next potential destination.

"I think it's only natural to think about [if Irving was still here]".

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Boston, however, still finished with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference led by Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.

Kyrie Irving can give you 86 million reasons he should not sign an extension with the Boston Celtics this summer. Some of their numbers probably didn't look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just - they were always locked in.

There is no easy decision here, as all three plan to anchor the most loaded roster Boston has had to begin a season since 2007-08 with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown flocking them. And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it. "I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now".

With the news about the Celtics possibly courting LeBron James, rumors have arisen of Irving leaving the Celtics to go play for the New York Knicks.

Technically, that would mean that Hayward could act as valuable trade bait for the Celtics if the need came up, but would Danny Ainge be so cruel as to trade away a player who only played 5 minutes all season, and broke his leg doing it? "I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September -- not that I'm thinking about it or anything - so I'm excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it", he said.

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