Commenting on Danny Ainge's comments last week and the general mood in the Front Office, the Celtics were eager to leave a burning candle for Kyrie Irving on the windowsill. But this light may flicker – if it has not actually extinguished.
According to a source associated with Roc Nation, Irving's new organization is to sign the All-Star Point Guard with the Brooklyn Nets when it becomes a free agent next month. A separate league source told the Herald that his team (not the Celtics) had received the same information and operated under the assumption that Irving wanted to join the networks.
It is said that the Celtics have not been given a definitive statement by Irving on Thursday afternoon.
To handle the situation, any story with Irving must include a disclaimer. While the two sources cited in the second paragraph are to be trusted, almost everything concerning Irving should be considered a liquid matter. Nothing can really be settled until the signing of a contract, and this can not happen until the NBA moratorium ends at 1
It was clear, therefore, that Ainge carefully chose his words when he spoke to the media on June 5, without saying anything, damaging any chance the Celts might have of holding Irving.
Perhaps Greenhearts thought (at least for those who want to keep Irving) that Kevin Durant's broken Achilles tendon would cause Kyrie to consider his desire to partner with him, Durant, and perhaps stay in Boston. But this week, Irving severed the connection with his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler and reportedly immediately sent him to Roc Nation, the entertainment and management company founded by Jay-Z, who once had a small stake in the Nets.
] Irving has to wait 15 days to officially sign up to Roc Nation. This period was dictated by the NBA Players Association to prevent the courtship of customers by agents. This leaves plenty of time to prepare Irving's new agents for the opening of negotiations on free agents on June 30.
At the moment, Durant's situation seems to have no bearing on Irving. As reported here last month, a source from the Golden State said that Irving Durant definitely called for joining once they became free agents. Another source in the story said that the problem was that Irving wanted Brooklyn while Durant leaned heavily on the Knicks.
Well, with the latter likely to miss most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season, New York and other clubs with interest, one has to keep in mind that durant will not just stand before the actual redshirt year, but at the beginning of the day campaign 2020-21 also 32.
There's a lot to expect for both teams and players I hope I can team up with other stars to create an immediate competitor.
And, as written here in the same May story mentioned above, two teams with limited space had withdrawn from the persecution of Irving as their primary target for free agents. Both said that if they were able to make their first choice and that player wanted Irving, they would follow him. It is important to note that the networks were not one of these clubs.