Kyrie Irving could be a real wild card in NBA free agency this offseason. He made the league well aware that he was ready to leave Boston by choosing not to pick up his player option for 2019-20, but still, nobody quite knows where exactly Kyrie wants to go or what he is looking for. At least now we know for certain that his thoughts don't involve the Celtics AT ALL.
According to a report from Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe, Kyrie has ghosted the Celtics organization, having effectively zero contact with them since their playoff exit in the second round against the Bucks.
The Boston Celtics have had "little, if any" communication with Kyrie Irving in the last few weeks, per @BostonGlobe.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 17, 2019
This was actually predictable for a few reasons.
The Celtics had a terrible season in regards to what was expected from such a talented roster. Kyrie showed visible frustration throughout the campaign amid his team's inability to put it all together and boss the Eastern Conference.
Don’t forget, it’s been reported part of the reason the Celtics didn’t trade for Jaylen Brown for (2X Finals MVP) Kawhi Leonard might have been because they wanted to trade Jaylen in a package for Anthony Davis. Now Boston has neither, and Kyrie’s leaving too. pic.twitter.com/FwUSMvTMnJ— Dork Nowitzki (@GotEm_Coach) June 16, 2019
The Celtics also appear unlikely to be able to make all changes necessary to fix what went wrong with last season. After Anthony Davis was traded to the Lakers, the team lost the only possible argument that they could use to convince Kyrie to re-sign and compete for a title.
Notably, Irving recently fired longtime agent Jeff Wechsler with the intent of signing with Roc Nation Sports. Kyrie and his new camp have claimed that they will meet with the Celtics soon to discuss his future with the organization, but there's no real reason to believe he'll entertain sticking around at this point.
Kyrie Irving drops agent, plans to sign with Roc Nation Sports https://t.co/DvlIqi3XCI— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 13, 2019
The lack of interaction with the Celtics has shown the league that Kyrie is open and ready for business. All told, this experiment was a failure, and Danny Ainge and Co. will have to work some magic to keep themselves from slipping even further in the East.