One of the biggest tasks the Boston Celtics will have over the next year, besides winning the NBA Championship, will be keeping hold of Kyrie Irving next offseason.
Irving has the option in his current contract that will allow him to hit the free agency market in 2019 if he wishes to do so. He's apparently happy in Boston at the moment, but a lot can change in a year.
The point guard recently turned down proposals of a contract extension, leaving doubts over his future with the Celtics, but it doesn't seem like his head coach is too worried about it.
No conversation needed
It's not because Stevens doesn't want Irving to stay, he's actually hoping his performances and the environment around him in Boston is more than enough to not require to have the conversation take place.
He said: “I’m not going to talk to him at all. One of things I want to do is give everything I can to all these guys while they’re here. Hopefully the people that are here recognize that it’s a really good environment with a high upside for a long time.
"There’s no real discussion to be had. We can’t wait to get to work. … When that time comes for any free agent to look over what their options are, you hope that you’ve separated yourself with the everyday relationship and the work there.
"He’s been so good to me, and everybody around here likes him so much, we don’t even think about it to be real candid.”
One possible destination for Irving next summer if he becomes a free agent could be the New York Knicks. This was one of the teams he wanted to be traded to when he handed in his trade request last summer with the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was sent to the Celtics.
Playing in his hometown of New York will certainly be appealing for Kyrie, but Boston will be hoping to sway him to stay put with teammates like Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum, as well as Stevens as their head coach.
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