By Elijah Hamilton
Published: March 20th, 2019
When star point guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2017, his vision was to leave the shadow of LeBron James and pave his own road to an NBA championship.
Landing on the Boston Celtics after the trade gave him that opportunity to not just see his worth as a number one option, but to also win that championship that he craves being the number one option. With Irving coming back from a nagging knee injury that sidelined him at the end of the 2017-18 season and the Celtics coming off a strong postseason run in the 2018 Playoffs without him, the team would rise as the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference this season and challenge for the NBA championship according to fans, and media alike.
Fast forward to deep into the 2018-19 season, the Boston Celtics fell short of the hype that the team had garnered during the preseason. The Celtics had an up and down season, going from a potential title contender to now a team in the middle of the Eastern Conference.
One of the team’s main problems this season has been a lack of chemistry, but another cause for concern for this Celtics season is if their All-Star point guard and franchise superstar, Irving will re-sign with the team this offseason.
After being in the honeymoon phase and proclaiming to the Celtics fan base that he intends on resigning with them in the offseason, Irving has shifted back and forth with his decision now saying that he intends to do whatever is best for him. With the inconsistent play from the Celtics this season, this will definitely be a factor into Irving’s decision come July 1st.
Now the question remains if Irving will resign with the Celtics in the offseason.
With the rumor mill spinning this season, many people have linked Irving and Warriors Forward, Kevin Durant to a potential team up on the New York Knicks as well as an alternative option of teaming up with his former teammate James on the Los Angeles Lakers.
As promising as it sounds to be the guy to help return the New York Knicks to the promise land or with playing with James again in L.A, it would be pretty difficult to turn away from what Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge, has constructed over the years. Turning the Celtics into a perennial title contender.
Irving is one of the best point guards in the league. He currently averages 23.6 points per game to go along with 7.1 assists per game, and he is shooting 49.5 percent from the field. Time in and time out, he has proved that he is a star in this league and is currently leading the Celtics to a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Any team would instantly gain a boost with Irving at the helm.