Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kyrie Irving drops agent, plans to sign with Roc Nation Sports

Kyrie Irving drops agent, plans to sign with Roc Nation Sports

Irving had until Thursday to decide on his contract status and will now be eligible to sign a deal with any team in the league. Earlier Wednesday, The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report that Irving will not opt into the final year of his contract with the Celtics.

Irving is widely considered to be the third-best free agent this offseason, behind Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

Celtics star Kyrie Irving averaged 23.8 points and a career-high 6.9 assists this past season.

With Jay-Z being a former part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets and one of the city's biggest icons, the move fuels speculation that Irving might make the Nets a free-agency destination.

Irving is reportedly planning on signing with ROC Nation Sports, the New York City-based agency founded by Jay-Z. "The Knicks and Nets are both still interested in signing Durant and Irving together, league sources said". Durant's free agency has been complicated by a ruptured right Achilles tendon that will keep him out of the entire 2019-20 season.

Irving was due to earn more than $21 million with the Celtics next season. Able to guard players as diverse as Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo in spurts, Baynes also started spacing out to the 3-point line over the last two seasons. But it was a tumultuous season off the court, with Irving calling out his teammates as the Celtics struggled through the regular season.

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