Kyrie Irving reportedly likely to sign with Brooklyn Nets
Several signs have pointed to Kyrie Irving leaving the Boston Celtics this summer for a new team, with the Brooklyn Nets frequently mentioned as a top contender for him. Now a prominent reporter says Irving is likely to sign with Brooklyn.
Minutes after The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported Tuesday that Al Horford was expected to leave the Celtics this summer, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Celtics are preparing to lose both Horford and Irving. Charania reports that Irving is likely to sign with the Nets.
Irving has been communicative and forthright with top Celtics officials since the season ended, with private and public signals that he will leave the organization in free agency — likely for the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/EupfcYxhsg
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 18, 2019
The news on Irving is expected at this point. One report even says he has ghosted the Celtics, meaning he hasn’t been communicating with the team. That’s what players tend to do when they’re preparing for an exit.
Irving’s two-year stint with the Celtics did not go the way both sides would have hoped, and Irving’s leadership has been called into question after he failed to deliver on his season-full of promises. A new start for Irving elsewhere may be best. But him signing with Brooklyn would have significant consequences for their roster.