It’s been a whirlwind of a calendar year for Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving.
Traded to Boston from Cleveland late last summer, Irving seamlessly fit into the Celtics’ plans this past season, with the best shooting percentage of his career to date, as well as a team-leading 24.4 points per game. Irving also stepped up as a legitimate leader, guiding the Celtics to 55 wins. But problems with his surgically-repaired knee crept up on the 6-foot-3 point, and ultimately knocked him out of all 19 Boston postseason tilts.
Even with the C’s done for the summer, Irving’s name has been all over the map. From ‘Uncle Drew’ promo tours to rumors of his departure to New York slated for 2019, Irving has now repeatedly said something without saying anything.
When asked about his future in town, the 26-year-old provided more of the same.
Or, in other words, nothing.
“It’s encouraging,” Irving told Robb of his time in Boston. “For me, it’s my job to just stay present.
“When all that stuff at that time comes, we’ll see what happens.”
The Celtics would of course love some clarity from Irving at some point. Especially with a point guard situation featuring just one more year of Terry Rozier’s rookie contract behind the ultra-talented Irving, while both Marcus Smart (restricted free agent) and Shane Larkin (unrestricted free agent) hit the open market this summer.
Staying in the present, though, Irving raved about the ‘excitement’ that comes with a reloaded Celtics squad next season.
“I’m just excited to see what that looks like, really getting that experience with [Gordon Hayward] and seeing what other pieces we have going forward,” the 26-year-old guard told Robb. “I think that’s the exciting part about all this is that when you’re shaping up to gear up to be a championship-caliber team for years to come — which I think Danny [Ainge] has echoed for a little bit. I’m just appreciative to be a part of it and see where my career can take off as well. I’m excited.”