Report: Kyrie Irving has not ruled out returning to Celtics
The Celtics may no longer be the favorite to re-sign Kyrie Irving this summer, but that does not mean the All-Star point guard is completely opposed to remaining in Boston.
Irving has been repeatedly linked to both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, which makes sense given the tumultuous season he just had with the Celtics. However, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald was told by multiple sources that Boston remains in contention to re-sign Irving. One of the reasons for the speculation that Irving planned to leave the Celtics was that he wanted to team up with Kevin Durant, but that plan may change now that Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from a torn Achilles.
It was not that long ago that the Celtics’ plan was said to be re-signing Irving and trading for Anthony Davis, and it’s possible Danny Ainge is still focused on that. Reports have indicated that Boston is going to pursue Davis regardless of what Irving decides, but Irving may be more inclined to stick around if they can pull off the trade.
Irving has parted ways with his longtime agent, and many have speculated that the move could be a strong hint as to where he plans to sign. It would be a big surprise at this point if he decides to remain with the Celtics.