Kyrie Irving earned a bit of a reputation as an enfant terrible during his years playing in the long shadow of LeBron James. In his time away from the GOAT, that reputation did not improve. As his tenure with the Celtics seems destined to end, could Irving finally grow into the leader he once seemed destined to be?
Irving has reportedly ceased communication with anyone in Boston, seemingly putting an end to that team's delusion that their linchpin hadn't popped right off the wheel. All signs point toward Kyrie heading to Brooklyn, but nothing in life is certain and that goes double for the crazed world of NBA free agency. Reports claim that Kyrie and Kevin Durant are hoping to shift the balance of the NBA Eastern Conference single-handedly by dropping in on one lucky team, but whether or not that will work is still up in the air.
See below for the latest rumors and reports on Kyrie Irving's free agency.
6/12/19 2:13 p.m. ET: Kyrie Irving posted a cryptic message to his Instagram amid talks that he's opting out of his contract with the Boston Celtics. He quoted Mother Teresa in a post that seemed to ask fans' forgiveness for his desire to act in his own self-interest.
6/13/19 6:44 p.m. ET: According to reports from Boston Herald reporter Steve Bulpett, Kyrie is all but signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Bulpett said that other teams around the league are operating as if Kyrie has joined the Nets. "A separate league source told the Herald that his team (not the Celtics) has received the same information and is operating under the belief that Irving wants to join the Nets," he wrote.
6/15/19 4:19 p.m. ET: Kyrie and KD allegedly met up in New York to discuss their futures and how they might connect. Ric Bucher claimed that Kevin Durant is already making moves to join Irving in New York.
"KD has moved all his stuff and will spend his summer in New York," he said on an episode of The Herd with Colin Cowherd. "Every indication says KD is making plans to be elsewhere because obviously Kyrie will not be joining the Warriors any time soon."
6/19/19 10:13 p.m. ET: During his appearance the ESPN show Get Up, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said the Nets may not be entirely sold on Irving if they can’t pair him with another star free agent, namely Kevin Durant.
6/20/19 4:00 p.m ET: In an episode of Brian Windhorst's podcast Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective, Jackie MacMullan claimed Kyrie was never actually comfortable in Boston. "Kyrie Irving didn't like Boston. I've been told this by many people. He didn't like living in Boston," she explained, adding that he had issues with people in the area, the organization included.
6/25/19 6:15 p.m ET: ESPN's Zach Lowe claims there's a struggle within the Nets about whether they should sign Irving without a complimentary free agent.
6/29/19 5:00 p.m ET: Irving will meet with the Brooklyn Nets once free agency begins. He's expected to accept Brooklyn's 4-year, $141 million deal.
6/30/19 6:00 p.m ET: Kyrie Irving agrees to sign 4-year $141 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
6/30/19 7:00 p.m ET: ESPN's Adrain Wojnarowski reported that Irving and Kevin Durant will take less than the allowed max so that DeAndre Jordan can receive a $10 million annual salary.