Kyrie Irving wants to stay in Boston for a couple more years.
Irving, 26, is entering the final year of the five-year, $94 million contract he signed with Cleveland before the 2015-16 season.
“I’ve shared it with some of my teammates as well as the organization as well as everyone else in Boston. If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year,” said Kyrie.
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Rumors all summer had Kyrie leaving Boston to join forces with Jimmy Butler in New York.
“I’m accepting it’s going to be a constant story,” Irving said of the free-agency rumors. “It’s a point in my professional career where it is a big-time decision. I’ve been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I’m finally getting acclimated in Boston.”
This was the best possible move for Kyrie outside of landing on a team that is rebuilding.
“Who wouldn’t be a part of this?” Irving told MacMullan. “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and Al Horford and Gordon Hayward? People keep saying, ‘Why won’t he commit to Boston?’
“Well, there are financial implications involved.”
If Kyrie would have signed the extension this summer he could have lost out on $80 million dollars. It made more sense for Irving to wait until 2019 to sign a deal.