Kyrie Irving Jerseys Liquidated Over Fears He Will Leave Celtics

Kyrie Irving To Turn Down Player Option, Become Free Agent

Kyrie Irving Will Not Exercise $21.3M Player Option With Celtics

In the least surprising news story of the week, Kyrie Irving will become a free agent this summer.

Celtics star Kyrie Irving averaged 23.8 points and a career-high 6.9 assists this past season.

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Given Jay-Z's previous ties to the Brooklyn Nets - he once owned a share of the team - some have speculated Irving signing with Jay-Z's agency could mean the Nets are now the favorite to sign Irving. Mike Cherry, a reporter in Manchester, NH, took to Twitter to show a local sporting goods store that was selling Irving's jersey's and t-shirts for 50 percent off. Durant's free agency has been complicated by a ruptured right Achilles tendon that will keep him out of the entire 2019-20 season. Along with the Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have been linked to Irving.

Irving then struggled in Boston's 4-1 Eastern Conference Semifinals loss to the Milwaukee Bucks prior to officially opting out of his contract early Wednesday, June 12, and then moving to switch agents. According to Wojnarowski, Irving "remains intensely interested" in the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving missed the 2017-18 postseason after playing in 60 games in his first season with the Celtics. Able to guard players as diverse as Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo in spurts, Baynes also started spacing out to the 3-point line over the last two seasons. It's been said several of Irving's teammates would be just fine if he were to move on and play somewhere else next season.

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