By Greg Cassoli
Kyrie Irving indicated that he isn’t likely to sign a contract extension this summer.
Irving highlighted the amount of money he’d be foregoing by passing on negotiating a new deal in unrestricted free agency next offseason as the primary reason why he doesn’t anticipate signing an extension.
“No, no,” he said when asked about the topic. “Contractually or financially, it just wouldn’t make any sense.”
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That’s an entirely valid perspective, and it’s one that must not be conflated with recent speculation about Irving’s future with the team.
The Celtics – fully aware of the financial mechanics at play – never expected to ink Irving to an extension this summer. The fact that he confirmed that a deal is unlikely does not speak to his commitment to the team or desire to play in Boston.
Irving is aware of the fact that such logic won’t always be applied to the public discussion of his future with the team. He playfully suggested that the media should limit their questions about the topic to one a...