The Boston Celtics had high hopes entering the 2017-18 season but everything changed on opening night when star free agent acquisition Gordon Hayward was lost for the season with a gruesome leg injury just minutes into the new season. It's felt like a number of seasons in one.
That's according to Fox Sports analyst Chris Broussard, who suggests the Celtics could end up with Damian Lillard and LeBron James on their roster by the start of next season. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to have an "open dialogue" with management and the coaching staff about the direction the team is going and fully trusts their decisions are best for the team's future.
Love pointed to the fact that with Irving, they climbed back from a 3-1 deficit against a 73-win Golden State Warriors team in 2016.More news: Salah returns to Egypt training
There has been lots of speculation about what Kyrie Irving might have been thinking about this, that, and just about everything in between, in the three months since knee surgery ended his first season in Boston. "It was great to see it but I'm really critical of myself".
And when you look at the financial situation, it's not hard to see why Irving wouldn't want to sign an extension.
Irving didn't try to deflect when asked about James and the possibility that the Celtics could be a wild-card suitor if James opts out of the final year of his deal.More news: Trump signs `comprehensive document' with Kim as summit ends
"When all that stuff at that time comes, we'll see what happens".
But Irving is would really like to minimize those inquiries going forward, and his focus is now on basketball. "You saw guys that are literally going to be stars in this league for years to come". But as they say, anything can happen in the National Basketball Association and Love knows this.
Irving, 24, was traded to the Celtics last offseason for fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, so he can apparently lead a team away from the imposing shadow of a talent like James. "We have championship pedigree". But the thing is Irving is 100 percent right: There is, financially, no good reason for him to sit down with the Celtics' front office now when he could be in line for a major payday next summer. While Irving's future with the team will become a storyline as the days roll by, he will seemingly do his best to avoid creating a distraction. Docked behind him as he sat before the media were the "Boston Elite" and "Odyssey", which he, respectively, is, and is on.More news: Wonder Woman 2: Patty Jenkins teases return of key character