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Report: Kyrie Irving intends to re-sign with Celtics next season

Alex Reimer
October 04, 2018 - 7:26 pm

All summer long, Kyrie Irving was coy about his intentions to re-sign with the Celtics. But that has changed. The All-Star point guard now says he wants to stay in Boston.

At a season-ticket holder event Thursday, Irving told the crowd at T.D. Garden he wants to re-sign with the Celtics, per every Celtics beat reporter. 

The Athletic’s Shams Charania added more context, tweeting that Irving has been in communication with Celtics ownership about his desire to stay in Boston over the “last few months.” He is committed long-term to the franchise, according to Charania. That report jives with Irving’s recent words about the Celtics, telling ESPN’s Rachel Nichols it’s “pretty f— good here.” 

Irving, 26, had two knee surgeries last season and missed the entirety of the playoffs. But he was electric for 60 games, averaging 24.4 points per night and 5.1 assists. 

Over the summer, Irving was hounded about his free agency plans, and was blunt about his opposition to re-signing one year early. He told reporters “contractually and financially, it doesn’t make any sense.” 

Since the Celtics were over the cap, Irving would've been limited to a four-year deal that maxed out at $104. Waiting allows him to max out, where he'd make around $190 million over five years.