Boston, MA - When operating as an owner or a general manager in the NBA, one of the most notable questions that comes to mind while making trades is longevity. Will a player that an NBA franchise trades for actually make a commitment to the team long term? This was a major concern associated with the Kawhi Leonard trade rumored last month. The Boston Celtics were allegedly in talks to land Leonard, but with the steep price tag that came along with him (the Toronto Raptors were forced to part with DeMar DeRozan) and the lack of a guarantee that Leonard would re-sign with the team long term, coupled with the former Defensive Player of the Year’s supposed desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, it was a move that Danny Ainge could never truly pull the trigger on.
However, Ainge was more than willing to take this risk when he shipped Isaiah Thomas, among other pieces, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Irving is different from players like Leonard because the point guard still had years left on his contract before the decision about resigning would come into play. But this is the curiosity that is now rapidly approaching Irving’s team and the front office of the Boston Celtics. A great deal of speculation has been generated that Irving wants to play for the New York Knicks after leaving Boston next summer, raising questions about how committed Kyrie actually is to Boston, despite fans believing the point guard is a given to stay in green.
Reports are conflicting, however, because Marc Stein of the New York Times, claims that no signs from Irving have pointed towards a desire to leave. The speculation is only coming from sources saying that the Brooklyn Nets and the Knicks will pursue the coveted guard during the 2019 NBA offseason.
The Celtics do have one player who seems keen to stay in Boston with a strong desire to play. Aron Baynes said recently that he never contacted other NBA teams because Boston is where he wants to be. It is a magnificent city, after all.