In the least surprising move of all-time, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will not opt-in to his player option with the Celtics and will become a free agent.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million deal for next season and will become a free agent eligible to sign a new contract with Boston or elsewhere, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
This move is entirely expected and is the smartest deal for Irving, who now has the opportunity to leave Boston after a tumultuous year, or he can re-sign with Boston for more money.
Irving can sign a max deal with Boston or he could sign a one-year deal with another player option if he wants to keep his long-term flexibility open. He averaged 23.8 ppg this year for a Celtics team that finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and eventually lost in the semifinals to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Free agency officially kicks off on June 30th.