That part is all well and good, but after reports that the Celtics are "scared" Irving will depart in free agency next year, a little reassurance wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Trading two seasons of Hayward for one campaign with James is a worthwhile proposition. Cleveland traded Irving to Boston for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick (Number 8 overall), and a 2020 second round pick. "You saw guys that literally are going to be stars in this league for years to come".
After weeks of being "an outsider looking in", Irving said he's planning on dedicating this offseason to his craft and is taking everything one day at a time to ensure he will be ready for the start of training camp.
That's the group Irving will lead next year, and it's the group he could lead for the foreseeable future, if he decides to remain in Boston.
Irving did note that he hasn't had any conversations with Boston's front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision.
Irving could be the no-questions-asked leader of a championship-caliber team in a big market if he remains in Boston. 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. While these reports are just talk at this point, while Irving was in Cleveland, he had expressed interest in going to NY to play for the Knicks on multiple occasions.
"I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year. That's something a lot of us are excited to see from G". 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. However, do the Cavaliers want to be the team Irving deserts following the season?
Smart's future with the Celtics is uncertain, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent, but Irving isn't focused on the rumor mill of who's staying and who's going. "I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now". "Yeah, I just have to take it as being present with the Boston Celtics", said Irving.