Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Until then, let's worry about next season, when Irving is focused on raising a banner for the Celtics. "I think that our starting five probably could have changed game-to-game, based on the guys we have on this team and the length. I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now". "I'm doing my best to kind of deflect all that and focus on what's in front of us".
The Boston Celtics had high hopes entering the 2017-18 season but everything changed on opening night when star free agent acquisition Gordon Hayward was lost for the season with a gruesome leg injury just minutes into the new season.More news: Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win
Green Teamers were some of the first to chide James when he evacuated Dan Gilbert's dumpster fire for Miami that summer, only to see James put the nail in the Big Three's coffin with a gentleman's sweep of the Celtics in 2011 and a 45-point coming-out party in the Garden in a career-defining Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals a year later. I'd been talking about how great [the younger players] were.
That was the case when the Celtics point guard gave an ambiguous response to New York Times reporter Sopan Debb when asked about his future with Boston.More news: Iraqis should unite instead of seeking repeat of election: Sadr
"It was going to be a process coming back", he said.More news: Putin Expects Trump to Fulfill Pre-Election Promise, Improve Ties With Russia
With the news about the Celtics possibly courting LeBron James, rumors have arisen of Irving leaving the Celtics to go play for the New York Knicks. "I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September -- not that I'm thinking about it or anything - so I'm excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it", he said. One, because he could very well be a one-year rental, and two, because the Nuggets don't have the assets that other teams do, but on the off-chance that the Celtics and Nuggets make a deal for Irving, here are three possibilities for what that trade could look like. "Me and my strength and conditioning coach, we're taking it one day at a time".