Kyrie Irving insists his focus is solely on the current season and winning a championship with the Celtics, after Knicks fans called for the guard’s arrival at Madison Square Garden.
Irving sparked fevered speculation ahead of Friday’s game between the Knicks and the Celtics, when he acknowledged his future was up in the air.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I feel is best for my career,” said Irving, who was then asked if his plan to re-sign with Boston had changed and replied: “Ask me July 1.”
The Knicks have opened up salary cap space for two max-contract free agents this week, with the trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks.
Irving and Warriors star Kevin Durant have been linked with moves to New York, but the former played down the support he received from Knicks fans on Friday.
“At this point, it’s nothing but a distraction, honestly,” Irving told ESPN after contributing 23 points to a 113-99 victory for the Celtics.
Kyrie Irving (23 pts, 10 reb) has now recorded three straight 20-point double-doubles on two separate occasions this season
The last Celtics player to have one such streak was Kevin Garnett from Nov. 21-24, 2007
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) February 2, 2019
“I appreciate the fans, I appreciate the support, but it’s really about our team now and what we want to accomplish this season – and that’s a championship, so my focus is stuck on that.”