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Kyrie Irving Won't Sign Extension, Fueling Knicks Speculation

June 13, 2018 - 10:36 am

Kyrie Irving is leaving the door open for a move to New York in a year’s time.

In an interview Tuesday, Irving noted that he has no intention to sign an extension with the Celtics this offseason, indicating he intends to take his first turn at free agency in the summer of 2019.

“Contractually, financially, it just doesn’t make any sense,” Irving said of a contract extension.

Irving has a player option with the Celtics for the 2019-20 season, though it appears he is likely to opt out and test free agency. Irving, who is set to make just over $21 million this year, will almost certainly be set to sign for even more money in a new contract, whether in Boston or elsewhere.

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Irving’s comments have sparked theories that he is gearing up for a move to New York to join the Knicks next summer.

Last summer, prior to Irving forcing the Cavaliers' hand on a move to Boston, he listed New York among his preferred destinations in a trade, along with Minnesota, Miami and San Antonio.

The news appears to work out perfectly for the Knicks, who are set to clear significant cap space to throw at free agents next summer.

Irving, who grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, has in the past spoken highly of Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis.

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Following Porzingis’ season-ending ACL injury, Irving told Porzingis, “I’d love to play with a big man like you.”

Porzingis greeted Irving’s comments with praise of his own saying: “I love his game. ... I think he’s one of the most entertaining guys, and he’s clutch. He’s clutch and a winner. I love that about him.”

Though Irving is set for a deep playoff run in 2018-19 season with the Eastern Conference favorite Celtics, don’t be surprised if he exits Beantown next summer.