Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on December 13, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. If Ainge was willing to ship off Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving, who played in the playoffs only a day after his sister passed away in a vehicle accident, why wouldn't he be willing to trade Hayward away if the right offer came through? "That's my hope. But obviously I can't really control that". Really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. It's hard to even really fathom what you would even do with an extra $80 million, but even that being the case, you shouldn't pass that kind of money up. Until I get to that point, then I can't really answer any questions.
"I am truly grateful to speak with management as well as our coaching staff", Irving said.
"The focus is exclusively on winning a championship next year". Injuries have always been a big concern for Irving, as he only played in 11 games in college at Duke and has never played a full 82 game season in his National Basketball Association career.
Irving also had a separate surgery in May to fix a deviated septum, a procedure that kept him away from the sidelines for Game 7 of the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals series against James and the Cavaliers. They passed a lot of expectations and I couldn't be more proud of them. I'd been talking about how great they were. Some of their numbers probably didn't look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just - they were always locked in.
"If you're faced with losing him for nothing, they should take Gordon Hayward". That came shortly after Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman said he wasn't sure if Irving would be a member of the Celtics in the coming seasons.
In order for the money to match up, Ainge would need to send Irving, Hayward or Al Horford to Cleveland in addition to a batch of expiring contracts, such as Marcus Morris or Terry Rozier, and a pick from their still-burgeoning stash of first-rounders over the next few years. On July 10, 2014, Irving signed a five-year, $90.3 million max deal with Cleveland.
"I'm on the floor doing some running activities, but I'm not running on the treadmill or anything like that", Irving said. Oh, in case you were wondering why there was suddenly a Kyrie Irving press conference on Tuesday, it's because he was promoting his new movie, "Uncle Drew".
"Well, I mean, I know that question is going to come up a lot over the next year, just based upon where my deal is".
"It was going to be a process coming back", he said.