The Boston Celtics didn't wait long to give out Kyrie Irving's No. 11 jersey.
Irving left the Celtics in NBA free agency to sign a four-year, $141 million max contract with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this month. The superstar point guard was at the center of the team chemistry issues that appeared to plague the C's throughout a disappointing 2018-19 season, and many fans were not sad to see him leave.
His No. 11 now belongs to newly acquired Celtics center Enes Kanter. Kanter had hinted he was going to wear the number by making it his Twitter profile picture, but it was made official Wednesday before Kemba Walker's introductory press conference at the Auerbach Center.
☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/R8L4Ke1F6q— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) July 17, 2019
Kanter signed a reported two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics as part of Boston's new-look frontcourt that's undergone several changes since last season. The 27-year-old center is not afraid to speak his mind and has received praise for being a great teammate. It probably won't take long for him to become a fan favorite in Boston, if he hasn't already.
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