Can the Celtics Convince Kyrie Irving to stay in Boston Long Term?
Kevin McShan
Posted February 25, 2019

Kyrie Irving has an important decision to make this offseason.  Where is he going to play what will presumably be the final stretch of his intriguing career.  Does he stay with one of the most iconic franchises in all of sports in the Boston Celtics or does he explore any and all options?
At the end of the day, I’m going to do what is best for my career.” When pressed on the issue, he said “Ask me on July 1st.”
He also said he sees what the New York Knicks, a rumored potential suitor for Irving when he’s a free agent, are doing and that he respects the franchise.
Irving did say his plan for now is to still be a Celtic and “Obviously Boston is still at the head of that race.
For his part, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge  chimed in with this. 
The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie's announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that there was a marriage," Ainge said on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub. "And I think that it's more like an engagement. And we're going to get married on July 1st. I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know.
"In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we're still engaged, but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract, until July 1st," Ainge said, noting that he and Irving had some "good conversations" on the matter.
The obvious elephant in the room is how will the chatter surrounding Irving's future affect the Celtics as they enter postseason play, their offseason plans this summer and their pursuit of Anthony Davis?
Jared Weiss Celtics writer for The Athletic joined 2Man Advantage Podcasts Kevin McShan over the weekend, to dish on Irving’s future, their postseason outlook and so much more.
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