It could certainly happen if this season doesn't end on an ideal note for Boston, and it's a possibility that is very much on the radar of NY fans.
"Like I said, I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena, but of course coming back home", he said.
And Irving, as he usually does, said a lot.
"Obviously, things this season haven't gone as I planned", said Irving, who is averaging 23.7 points per game. But like I said, it doesn't help when, across the league, it's just outside noise again, and my name gets thrown into it - and conversations, speculations, everybody's anxious about their credibility. He received loud cheers during introductions and was also serenaded with chants of "We want Kyrie!" during the game. They know that Irving may not be as wholeheartedly committed to the Celtics as he initially stated, and they would love nothing more than to see him ditch their rival city for the Big Apple this summer.
"I know it's a big market and everybody likes NY, but the question is, with the stuff that's been going on with management, can they lure a Kevin Durant or a big-time player to come play?"
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The quote you were given: "Ask me July 1". However, this season for Boston hasn't gone as everyone expected it to.
"So, it is what it is". So everything he says is going to be-even if it's not really that serious, it's going to be taken out of proportion. "I'm glad I can share this with the Boston fans and everybody there", Irving said.
Irving could have said nothing, but he didn't. "Obviously, they are making moves to position themselves for this upcoming summer". "Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now".
The Knicks believe that's less of a problem now under President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, who have focused on cleaning up the culture that has been so toxic under Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.
Irving can opt out of the a year ago of his contract to test the free agent market at the end of this season.