Kyrie Irving seemingly left the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to escape superstar LeBron James, and now he’s faced with the prospect of reuniting with the future Hall of Famer.
With LeBron set to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, all 30 teams are charting plans for how they can acquire the three-time champion. Since the Boston Celtics maintain one of the best rosters in the league, they are a natural target for LeBron, who could entertain the notion of joining one of five or six teams.
Irving, with his history, didn’t dismiss the possibility of playing alongside his former teammate again.
“In this business, I've kind of experienced it all and I've seen a lot, so we'll see what management decides," Irving told reporters. “Ownership and management, they're going to feel what's best for our future and I'm fully supportive of (them). We'll see what happens."
The Celtics, without Irving and Gordon Hayward, came within one win of advancing to the NBA Finals in the 2017-18 season. With those two players returning at full health, Boston is an early favorite to win the Eastern Conference. LeBron’s ultimate decision will play a large factor, however.
Irving emerged as one of the league’s top scorers as the primary option for Brad Stevens’ offense, averaging 24.4 PPG. He was limited to 60 games and missed the playoffs with a knee injury.
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