SAN FRANCISCO – Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said the report that alleges he told the Cleveland Cavs that he would have surgery on his left knee and miss all of the season if they did not trade him, is untrue.
“it’s kind of crazy, the amount of things that are still coming out, that are still trying to be relevant,” Irving told reporters following Boston’s practice at the University of San Francisco. “I guess that’s part of being in the NBA and all the media scrutiny and everything that goes with it. I’m just ready to move on. It’s not true.”
Irving suffered a dislocated left knee cap injury in 2015, and has had some soreness-related issues with the knee this season but nothing severe enough to keep him from not playing.
The report also indicated that Irving would have surgery in the offseason to help ease some of the soreness that the five-time all-star was experiencing.
When asked about whether he was having work done in the offseason on the knee, Irving wasn’t nearly as definitive in shooting that down.
“It sounds like a HIPAA violation,” Irving said. “That’s what it sounds like to me.”
Irving, who was recently named to the All-Star team for the fifth time, is leading the Celtics in scoring at 24.5 points per game which ranks 12th in the NBA.