Boston Celtics: 5 goals for the 2018 offseason

Ross Houston
June 15, 2018

A bitter taste of unfulfillment still lingers inside Kyrie Irving's mouth after his inaugural season with the Boston Celtics was cut short by season-ending knee surgery. The 26-year-old is eligible for an extension this summer, though he noted agreeing to such a deal "doesn't make any sense" considering the potential to make up to $80 million more next offseason.

Irving can sign a significantly bigger contract if declines his player option for 19-20 and becomes a free agent.

Speaking to reporters in Boston on Tuesday, Kyrie Irving dismissed the notion of signing a contract extension with the Celtics this summer. Beginning this summer, every key member of this year's team will be up for a new contract over the next three years: Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes this summer; Irving, Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris next summer; Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward in 2020; and Jayson Tatum in 2021. That's the only thing I'm really anxious about. "I mean, I've still got to get to work in terms of what I've got to do to prepare, so I'll just leave those guys alone for a little bit and then we'll start getting back into it". "And, you know, that time will arise, and when it does, I think I'll have a better, clear, and concise answer for a lot people that are going to ask". Injuries have always been a big concern for Irving, as he only played in 11 games in college at Duke and has never played a full 82 game season in his National Basketball Association career. "You just try to focus on what's important going into next year with who we have and what we're capable of". "You saw guys that are literally going to be stars in this league for years to come". "So I'm just trying not to push it too hard, just taking my time with the rehab and feeling good".

"I'm excited. What makes it even more exciting and the challenge is now we have championship pedigree", he said.

Irving swiftly endeared himself to the Boston crowd with his unbelievable handles and insane shot-making abilities.

Which brings us back to Irving.

In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James reached three straight NBA Finals and raised one banner together. In his absence, the Celtics, disproved their doubters and made a deep run in the playoffs with only a Game 7 loss in the East finals denying them a place in the NBA Finals. The year before, in playing them in 2016, they couldn't necessarily get away with a game like that. "Just a big fan of what he does out on the floor". "It was great to see it but I'm really critical of myself".

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