Kyrie Irving may want out of Boston
Kyrie Irving has stated he doesn’t plan on signing a contract extension before this season. It makes perfect sense, since he can make way more if he re-signs after the season. But he also didn’t go out of his way to make it seem like he wants to stay.
If Irving were to hit free agency, the Phoenix Suns could be a great option. They’ll have the cap space to sign him, and if they play well this year he may be enticed to come to Phoenix. He’s young enough that he would be a good addition to the team, and he’s talented enough to be worth the max contract he’ll get. Next to Devin Booker, he could be half of the league’s most dynamic backcourt.
Irving can do everything on the court. He can shoot from any spot, get to the rim at any time, and take anyone’s ankles. And it’s clear from his time in Boston that it’s not a matter of if he can play defense but if he wants to play defense. While he seemed lazy in Cleveland, he was an active defender in Boston when he was considered the team leader, and he’d take on the same role if he came to Phoenix.
If Irving were to be traded to San Antonio as part of a Kawhi Leonard deal, his relationship with his new team would be worth watching throughout the year. And if he stays in Boston, his demeanor on and off the court could be telling. Because if the rumors are true, Irving could be hitting the open market next July. And he could be a final cog in the Phoenix Suns rebuild.