Kyrie Irving is happy with the Celtics and he is very pleased with his decision to force his way to a new team.
“I think it was the best move for my career, honestly, because it wasn’t about any particular person or anything like that,” the Boston guard told Bleacher Report. “It was just time. It may not have looked ‘time’ for everyone else, but for me, it was time.”
Irving did not specifically try to force a move to the Celtics, but he did demand a trade from the Cavaliers during the 2017 offseason.
And now looking at Cleveland’s roster, he is even more satisfied with his decision.
“Like, keep it real,” Irving said. “If I was still in Cleveland, I would be … like everything that was foreseen to happen, happened.”
LeBron James left Cleveland to join the Lakers this offseason, and many expect the Cavaliers to miss the playoffs.
Meanwhile in Boston, Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds for the Celtics last season. He will spearhead a lineup featuring Gordon Hayward and All-Star center Al Horford along with promising young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in 2018-19.
Irving said at an event last week he plans to re-sign with the Celtics and told ESPN the week before he is more than satisfied with his situation. He told Bleacher Report he was pleased he made the move when he did and reiterated his satisfaction with his current situation.
“Change is hard sometimes, man,” Irving said. “And deciding to do what’s best for you is not gonna look the same for everyone else. So you have to willfully accept that.”
The Celtics went to the Eastern Conference finals last season and are favored to win the East this season. They trail only the Warriors in odds to win the NBA title.