Kyrie Irving declines Celtics’ option, becomes free agent

    By Amber Lee
    Kyrie Irving, Celtics

    To nobody’s surprise, Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million option for the 2019-20 season, making himself a free agent.

    Kyrie Irving, Celtics
    CreditJim Mone/Associated Press

     

    Shams Charania of The Athletic reported this expected news Wednesday morning.

     

    Read: Kyrie Irving Drops Major Hint That He May be Signing with Nets

     

    Irving has been expected to make this move since last year. He certainly has plenty of options available to him, including re-signing with the Celtics. Though, based on what happened at the team store recently, that seems unlikely.

    Teams that have been mentioned as potential fits are the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, among others.

    One thing that could be a potential roadblock to Irving signing a huge deal with another team is that there is a perception that he brings drama wherever he goes. Reportedly, that could also cause some teams to balk at signing him in free agency.

    Given Irving’s talent, however, we’d be shocked if that actually played out once teams and agents start negotiating this summer.

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