Kyrie Irving excited about Hayward's return, still noncommittal on future in Boston

Kyrie Irving excited about Hayward's return, still noncommittal on future in Boston

The good takeaway from that reply is that Irving has his sights set on competing for a title with the Celtics next year. Trading two seasons of Hayward for one campaign with James is a worthwhile proposition.

After watching what the Warriors did to the Cavaliers in the Finals, Irving nearly seems bold for talking about a championship. He raved about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, then noted how Marcus Smart gave up his body and "that's the type of attitude and effort you'd love to be part of".

After weeks of being "an outsider looking in", Irving said he's planning on dedicating this offseason to his craft and is taking everything one day at a time to ensure he will be ready for the start of training camp.

As for his own future in Boston?

Irving did note that he hasn't had any conversations with Boston's front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision.

But, it's awfully tough to send Hayward away in a move like this without getting to see how he gels with the rest of this Celtics team.

LeBron James could become a free agent in the summer. But as was the case in a recent interview with the New York Times, Irving declined to provide it. Sports who does analyst work for NBC Sports Boston, appeared Monday on FS1's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" and outlined why he questions whether the Celtics will have any real interest in meeting with James this summer.

"We're all competitors", he said.

"I would just say the consistency, the authenticity, and honesty, from everything that we're doing as a team and an organization", Irving said. "They have experience, our young guys, that sometimes other young guys in the league aren't necessarily afforded".

Irving said that's a discussion to be had after the upcoming season. I think, yeah, that's human nature to think about that kind of thing. "That's something a lot of us are excited to see from G".

"I could't be more proud of what [Boston's young players] experienced - I mean they went to Game 7 of the frickin' Eastern Conference finals", Irving said with a playful shrug. The bad takeaway is he isn't talking about an extended future with the Celtics.

"For me, I don't think it's a basketball thing", Wade said, as quoted on NESN. "I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now".