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Kyrie Irving verbally commits to Celtics long-term at season-ticket holder event

05 October 2018, 06:58 | Charlene Valdez

Kyrie Irving said on Thursday that he plans to re-sign with the Boston Celtics when he hits free agency next summer. More

Kyrie Irving said on Thursday that he plans to re-sign with the Boston Celtics when he hits free agency next summer. More

Speaking at a Boston Celtics season-ticket holder event at TD Garden on Thursday night, Celtics superstar guard Kyrie Irving confirmed that he plans on re-signing with the Celtics next summer.

"I shared it with some of my teammates, as well as the organization, and everyone else in Boston".

The 2019 National Basketball Association free-agent class is loaded with superstars, but that's provided that they all opt to test the market.

Irving signed a five-year, $94 million deal with Cleveland prior to the 2015-16 season but asked for a trade last summer.

His first season for Boston was halted in March due to a left knee infection that led to surgery.

Some reports had linked the New York Knicks with an interest in luring Irving in free agency, potentially alongside Jimmy Butler, but Irving told ESPN in September that he had not spoken to Butler at length since 2016.

Traded to Boston from the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017, Irving led the Celtics in both points (24.4) and assists (5.1) per game last season, but missed the entire postseason due to knee surgery.

"I'm accepting it's going to be a constant story", Irving said of the free-agency rumors. Irving has been back in action for the Celtics in the preseason.

With Irving officially in the fold for the next handful of seasons, Boston can focus on its pursuit of banner No. 18 with little distractions. "He will be immortalized if he wins in Boston".

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