Boston Celtics

Mar 8, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) on the bench in the third quarter against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving on the bench against Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Kyrie Irving just sparked five months of Celtics panic.

The C’s point guard addressed reporters about his impending free agency on Friday, and essentially said he will hit the open market and is far from committed to re-signing in Boston. Asked whether he still plans to sign an extension with the Celtics, he said simply: “Ask me July 1st.”

He also said, via Cassidy Hubbarth: I’ve spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers and I don’t owe anybody s**t.”

Kyrie also said that the Celtics are “still at the head of the race” (via Adam Himmelsbach). But cue the anxiety all the way until the start of free agency.

“At the end of the day I spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business,” Kyrie continued. “What excited me a lot about the beginning of the season was the opportunity to come into this season really just doing what we planned on doing, set a goal and go after it and then see what happens at the end of the season. That was the plan before and that’s still the plan now.”

Kyrie sounds tired of the commentary and speculation surrounding whatever he planned to do after the 2018-19 season. A lot of it has happened on these very airwaves at 98.5 The Sports Hub. The NBA is arguably the most widely speculated sport in the world when it comes to off-court rumors, and fans and media generally love it.

If that’s what ends up driving Kyrie out of Boston, that would be unfortunate. Especially because it would only get worse if he went to New York. But he’s not going to do himself any favors with what he said on Friday.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.