Kyrie to decline option, become free agent

Paola Ditto
Giugno 12, 2019

The star point guard has opted out of his contract with the Boston Celtics and will become an unrestricted free agent June 30, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Wednesday, citing sources.

The 27-year-old now stands to make considerably more money over a new long-term deal - up to approximately $189.7 million over five years if he returns to Boston, according to Forbes' Tommy Beer. The most other teams can offer him is a four-year deal worth $139 million.

Whether Boston is willing to make a deal without a commitment from Irving will be one of the biggest questions of the summer.

Irving has always been the subject of speculation and that only grew when the Brooklyn Nets, who are said to have a strong interest in the veteran guard, paved the way to have two max contract slots this summer.

With Irving's 2019-20 option out of the picture, Irving's "Rose Rule" rookie scale extension will officially be a thing of the past.

Trading for Conley also would likely allow the Celtics to keep Tatum, which appears all but impossible in a potential trade for Davis. It looked as though the Celtics could be the team to upset the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, but that prediction turned out to be a huge farce as the Celtics could barely play as a team. Davis has at least one more year on his.

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