We've come a long way from, "If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here."
That was Kyrie Irving in October 2018, telling Celtics season-ticket holders he planned to sign a long-term contract in Boston this offseason.
Irving since has changed his tune, telling reporters in February to "ask me July 1" about what he'll do after opting out of the final year of his contract.
In a radio interview Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger & Mazz," Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was asked if he still feels confident the C's can keep Kyrie around.
His answer didn't inspire much confidence.
"I'm not going to comment on ... I'm really not going to talk about specific guys except in real generalities," Grousbeck said. "Kyrie's given us two years of strong effort. He's going to decide what he's going to do down the road. He hasn't commented publicly, so I'm going to respect that."
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has tried to maintain optimism on the Irving front, insisting earlier this season the two sides still had a "marriage" set for the first day of free agency.
Grousbeck confirmed he's spoken to Irving since Boston's season ended last week, but offered nothing more.
"Sorry, not going to comment on that," Grousbeck said. "This is a process we'll go through longer than this week."
Surely the C's want the six-time All-Star to stay in Boston instead of signing elsewhere, though ... right? Grousbeck declined to concede even that sentiment.
"I'm just not going to comment about anybody on the roster on that," Grousbeck said. "We've got 15 guys, and we're going to evaluate all of them, and I'm not going to comment on one person and then not comment on another, because it's going to send a negative or positive signal. Just don't want to do it."
Grousbeck's stance is understandable: With free agency fast approaching, he'd rather not have any endorsement of Irving misconstrued as tampering. But his noncommittal responses about Irving's future will only fuel speculation that Kyrie has played his final game as a Celtic.
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