Kyrie Irving won’t sign a contract extension with Boston Celtics this summer. According to Irving, who spoke with reporters on Tuesday, he wants to focus on getting healthy for the next NBA season, and integrate himself with the team once again.
“Contractually, financially, [an extension] just doesn’t make any sense,” – Irving told reporters when asked about the possibility of him signing a contract extension with the team.
Kyrie Irving is obviously looking towards summer of 2019 when he can opt out from the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. If he was to sign the extension now, Irving would be in line for a four-year contract worth $107 million. A year from now, he could get $80 million more.
“I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year. Really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. Until I get to that point, then I can’t really answer any questions. I’m pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won’t happen now.” – he added.
Kyrie Irving is still recovering from a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire postseason. Before being sidelined in late March, Irving averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.