Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics will talk at least one more time before NBA free agency to discuss their future together.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday an update on Irving's situation, including an upcoming meeting between the two sides.
All-Star Kyrie Irving, who has decided to opt out of his $21.3 million deal for next season to become a free agent, and top Celtics officials will meet soon to discuss his future, league sources said. A potential meeting could occur before Thursday’s NBA draft sources said, as both sides could look for clarity ahead of the start of free agency on June 30.
Recent reports have linked Irving to the Brooklyn Nets, and the Boston Herald reported last week that the superstar point guard was "prepared to sign" with the Nets in free agency. The free-agent market opens at 6 p.m. ET on June 30, but contracts cannot become official until July 6.
Irving publicly stated to Celtics season ticket holders in October "If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year." A lot has changed since that event, including a very disappointing regular season and playoff run for the Celtics that culminated with a five-game elimination to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The 27-year-old guard played well for the Celtics in the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 23.8 points, a career-high 6.9 assists and a 40.1 percent mark from 3-point range. He was, however, part of the blame for the team chemistry issues that seemed to plague the group throughout the season.
Irving should have plenty of suitors in free agency, and teams including the Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to have interest in signing him.
If the Celtics don't re-sign Irving, keeping backup point guard Terry Rozier likely is the next best option at the position. Rozier is a restricted free agent this summer.
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