Irving said his backup, Terry Rozier, proved he's an National Basketball Association starter but that "turns into an unbelievable dynamic" for Boston next season.
"The focus is exclusively on winning a championship next year".
During a press conference Tuesday, Irving put to rest the idea of him signing a contract extension with the Celtics this summer. I don't think [impending free agency will] necessarily have an effect. "Just making sure I'm healthy enough for September, just trying not to push it too hard, [and] just taking my time with the rehab and feeling good". "They passed a lot of expectations, and I couldn't be more proud of them".
He doesn't want to talk about his contract extension - which he said would not make sense "contractually" or "financially" - he doesn't want to talk about his long-term plans with the Celtics, and he doesn't want to talk about the possibility of his former teammate LeBron James coming to Boston. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to have an "open dialogue" with management and the coaching staff about the direction the team is going and fully trusts their decisions are best for the team's future.
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"I mean it sucked, man", Irving said.
This is all popping up as Danny Ainge and the Celtics weigh their options with Irving. "So I'm excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it".
"You don't really try to control that narrative", he said.
Even with the C's done for the summer, Irving's name has been all over the map.
"In this business, I've kind of experienced it all and I've seen a lot", Irving said (via NBA.com). Until I get to that point, then I can't really answer any questions. I really just can't wait to see how we all kind of feel going into the summertime and when we get together. Entering next season with him, Irving, and Tatum, who was phenomenal in the playoffs, should give the Celtics a shot at being the Eastern Conference best squad.