Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Kyrie Irving on Possible Celtics Contract Extension: 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

Kyrie Irving on Possible Celtics Contract Extension: 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

The 26-year-old is eligible for an extension this summer, though he noted agreeing to such a deal "doesn't make any sense" considering the potential to make up to $80 million more next offseason.

Irving spoke with the media on Tuesday and answered several questions, including some about his contract status.

Soon after the trade, the imminent playoff war between the Cavs and the Celtics became the most prevalent storylines of the recently-concluded season.

There have been reports that Irving could leave the Celtics in 2019 free agency.

Irving was traded to Boston last August and averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists over 60 games in his first season with the Celtics.

Irving did note that he hasn't had any conversations with Boston's front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision. "You saw guys that are literally going to be stars in this league for years to come".

Irving will get his chance in the limelight, whether next year as a champion with the Celtics or months later as a hot free-agent target.

Once they do get back into it, Irving believes that he and his teammates will be in store for some special experiences together.

Yes, just one season removed from James' breakup with star point guard Kyrie Irving, the All-Star duo may just wear the same colors yet again, this time in the iconic green and white. "I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September, not that I'm thinking about it or anything", he said.

Irving isn't running from questions about his future.

In the meantime, Irving is looking forward to his return to the court - as well as the return of "my man Gordon [Hayward]" - with hopes that the team will accomplish something bigger than themselves.

Although LeBron has not yet decided where he will play next season, Boston is rumored to be a potential destination due to their cap room and future assets.

"In this business, I've experienced it all and I've seen a lot", he tactfully replied, "so we'll see what management decides". Ownership and management are going to do what they feel is best for our future.

"The focus is exclusively on winning a championship next year".

"The challenge is now we have championship pedigree", he said.

That's how Boston acquired Irving last summer - and why there are merits to moving on from him this summer.

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