To nobody’s surprise, Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million option for the 2019-20 season, making himself a free agent.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported this expected news Wednesday morning.
Irving has been expected to make this move since last year. He certainly has plenty of options available to him, including re-signing with the Celtics. Though, based on what happened at the team store recently, that seems unlikely.
One thing that could be a potential roadblock to Irving signing a huge deal with another team is that there is a perception that he brings drama wherever he goes. Reportedly, that could cause some teams to balk at signing him in free agency.
Given Irving’s talent, however, we’d be shocked if that actually played out once teams and agents start negotiating this summer.