Kyrie Irving open about contract, watching from the sidelines

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The Celtics guard on Wednesday (AEST) deferred when asked about the prospect of the team pursuing James this summer.

Irving was selected number one overall by Cleveland in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Meanwhile, former teammate Dwyane Wade believes more than the chances of winning a championship, James' priority is his family when it comes to his next potential destination.

"Obviously, it's a business at the end of the day", Irving said.

"I am truly grateful to speak with management as well as our coaching staff", Irving said.

"Management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now", he said.

"Yeah, I just have to take it as being present with the Boston Celtics", said Irving. But problems with his surgically-repaired knee crept up on the 6-foot-3 point, and ultimately knocked him out of all 19 Boston postseason tilts. While there have been no talks among Irving and the Celtics in relation to James, Irving knows all too well how quickly things can change.

"I don't really think for him the basketball decision of saying 'oh, let me go team up with three All-Stars, ' I think at this point in his life it's more so of a lifestyle thing, you know, 'where my family going to be the most comfortable at?"

"For me, I'm just glad everyone got to learn how special they were on a bigger stage". Plus, Rozier and Morris were crucial leaders on a team that reached Game 7 of the conference finals this season, and trading for James would involve passing on a full year of their services as well. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Because the Celtics are over the cap, Irving can only sign for 120 percent of what he's making now, which is just over $20 million. Irving's response about his future with the Celtics certainly isn't reassuring to green teamers, but it's also important to remember that this is Kyrie Irving. I really just can't wait to see how we all kind of feel going into the summertime and when we get together.