Duke Basketball: Kyrie Irving officially declines Celtics player option

Mae Harvey
June 14, 2019

The Boston Celtics have plenty of reason to fear the worst with Kyrie Irving's impending free agency, and according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett - citing multiple league sources - teams around the National Basketball Association are "operating under the belief" that Irving is headed to the Brooklyn Nets. The move comes amid rumors that Irving will find new representation over at Roc Nation.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will not opt into his $21.3 million deal for next season and become a free agent according to a report by Shams Charania of the Athletic.

Wojnarowski says that Irving "remains intensely interested in the Brooklyn Nets" while also noting that the New York Knicks are expected to remain in the mix as well.

Players switching agents in preparation for free agency, to get someone the player believes is a better fit and/or can get them where they want to be, happens all the time.

Last season, in 16.1 minutes per game, Baynes averaged 5.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists on 47% shooting from the field, a career-high 34.4% from the three-point line and 85.5% from the free throw line.

Roc Nation is also an agency that attracts players in part because of a strong marketing/branding arm as well as connections to the entertainment industry. Roc Nation Sports was founded by legendary rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter who previously owned a small share in the Brooklyn Nets. It doesn't help that Boston's season ended with four straight uninspiring losses to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, with Irving shooting just 30 percent (25-for-83) in those games.

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