Speaking to reporters on Tuesday for the first time since March, Irving said he had no intention of signing an extension with the Celtics before next season, his second since coming over in a trade with the Cavaliers last August. Using the current future cap projections, if Irving, Brown and Tatum all sign five-year max deals and Horford and Hayward sign at a discount (say, $25 million and $30 million per year, respectively), Boston would be looking at paying five players a total of $153 million. Irving, who is set to make just over $21 million this year, will nearly certainly be set to sign for even more money in a new contract, whether in Boston or elsewhere.
Of course, the biggest question out there is whether Kyrie Irving would be open to a reunion with LeBron James here in Boston. "When they were afforded to take the reins of the team you saw them take full advantage of it".
"I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year", Irving said.
Irving requested a trade away from Cleveland and James a year ago, telling the front office he'd prefer to go to New York, San Antonio, Minnesota or Miami. "So I'm excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it". "And, you know, that time will arise, and when it does, I think I'll have a better, clear, and concise answer for a lot people that are going to ask".
On whether playing on what is essentially a one-year contract could have an adverse impact on the Celtic process, Irving said, "The focus is exclusively on winning a championship next year". "I mean, I've still got to get to work in terms of what I've got to do to prepare, so I'll just leave those guys alone for a little bit and then we'll start getting back into it". "So we'll see what happens".
Once they do get back into it, Irving believes that he and his teammates will be in store for some special experiences together.
In this business, I've experienced it all, and I've seen a lot. However, the 26-year-old point guard said that, right now, signing an extension "doesn't make any sense". It's just a matter of whether they can keep their core in place for years to come and whether the young budding stars develop as anticipated.
James and the Cavs faced off against Irving and Celtics several times during the 2017-18 season, including an epic seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series that the All-Star had to miss due to knee surgery.
If, however, they do not meet the expectations, and struggle more than people expected the next question is with Danny Ainge.
Irving doesn't seem to care as much as winning a championship as most players in my opinion.