Boston Celtics

Speaking at a Boston Celtics season-ticket holder event at TD Garden on Thursday night, Celtics superstar guard Kyrie Irving confirmed that he plans on re-signing with the Celtics next summer.

The public comment is the first hard confirmation of sorts from the 26-year-old Irving, and came with an additional nugget from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who noted that Irving has communicated this message to Boston’s front office throughout the summer.

Irving’s belief in Boston comes following a summer of rumors that indicated Irving’s temptation to bolt to the hometown Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks (as well as reports of Jimmy Butler hoping for a team-up with Irving somewhere in the East) by way of a opt-out next summer.

And the unofficially official confirmation comes after a week of media interviews that saw Irving acknowledge that it’d be pretty hard to leave the Celtics. Especially given what they’re building both now and in the future with pieces like Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum.

Traded to Boston from the Cleveland Cavaliers in Aug. 2017, Irving led the Celtics in both points (24.4) and assists (5.1) per game last season, but missed the entire postseason due to knee surgery.