Kyrie Irving did not like living in Boston, developed problems with leadership, report says

Kyrie Irving seemingly has no plans to stay in Boston once he becomes a free agent this summer.

It has long been reported Irving will be leaving the Celtics, where he spent the past two seasons, but a recent report from ESPN highlighted just how much Irving disliked his time there.

According to Jackie MacMullan, who appeared on the Hoop Collective podcast, Irving not only didn’t like living in Boston but he also had problems with coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge.

“I’ve been told this by many people: He didn’t like living in Boston,” MacMullan said. “He just didn’t. By the end, he had issues with Brad. By the end he had issues with Danny. By the end he had issues with pretty much all of us.”

But those aren’t the only members of the organization Irving reportedly has problems with.

According to a Sports Illustrated report, he also had a rift with teammates Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

There has been little communication between Irving and the team. A report from the Boston Globe said he “essentially ghosted” the Celtics, who landed Irving in a trade with the Cavaliers in August 2017.

Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists per game for Boston in 2018-19.

The Nets are reportedly the favorites to sign Irving while he has also been linked to the Knicks and Lakers.