Once considered a Knicks target in next year's free agency class, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving announced he plans to re-sign on a long-term deal Boston instead of exploring other options.
"I do have a dream of putting my No. 11 in the rafters one day if I'm so blessed to do that, work my tail off," Irving said Friday, according to NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg. "Obviously a lot of great players have come before me, but to throw my name in Boston Celtics tradition and history is something I'm glad I could do."
Irving, who was expected to be one of the most sought-after players in next season's free agency class that could also feature Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, said repeatedly Thursday he plans to remain a Celtic, with whom he has spent one season after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.