Boston Celtics: Where the franchise stands heading into the 2018 offseason


Irving said he would not be opposed to playing with James again.

Meanwhile, former teammate Dwyane Wade believes more than the chances of winning a championship, James' priority is his family when it comes to his next potential destination.

They're technically right too. While we love to hear a player say he wants to be a Celtic for life, that's not Irving's way.

Irving is eligible for a four-year, $107 million extension, but that would be $80 million less than what Irving could earn if he waits until the summer of 2019 and re-signs with Boston after opting out of the final year of his current pact.

"My hope is that maybe we could limit it to maybe one question a day about what I'm doing next year".

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"For me, I don't think it's a basketball thing", Wade said, as quoted on NESN.

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. "They passed a lot of expectations, and I couldn't be more proud of them".

"Yeah, I just have to take it as being present with the Boston Celtics", said Irving.

Irving said that's a discussion to be had after the upcoming season.

This is all popping up as Danny Ainge and the Celtics weigh their options with Irving. So you don't really try to control that narrative.

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It's understandable, with the quote coming just a week after Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix reported that the Celtics are scared that Irving could bolt for the New York Knicks when he hits free agency next summer (as laughable as that is, Irving has been connected to the Knicks in the past). The identity of our team was forming at that time at the All-Star break and to kind of have something like that unexpected, it was hurtful, because a lot of what I wanted to accomplish with our guys and individually as one of the leaders of the team kind of had to take a rest, and I had to really be an outsider looking in from that standpoint.

"I don't really think for him the basketball decision of saying 'oh, let me go team up with three All-Stars, ' I think at this point in his life it's more so of a lifestyle thing, you know, 'where my family going to be the most comfortable at?" Until I get to that point, then I can't really answer any questions. "It was going to be a process coming back, just making sure I'm healthy enough for September".

There will nearly certainly be hot take artists who read that from Irving and do the "he's not committed to the team" nonsense that we've come to expect out of radio hosts and columnists from the otherwise great city of Boston.

"For me, I'm just glad everyone got to learn how special they were on a bigger stage".

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