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.
Mannix, a senior writer for Yahoo!
Talking about his future with the Celtics, Irving, unsurprisingly, said he doesn't plan to sign an extension with the team this summer, which he's eligible to do.
The good takeaway from that reply is that Irving has his sights set on competing for a title with the Celtics next year.
That simply isn't worth it, according to Mannix, because the Celtics already look like legitimate NBA Finals contenders after taking James and the Cavs to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals this past season - something he reiterated Monday. He was a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship run during the 2015-2016 season, hitting the game winning three pointer over Stephen Curry in Game 7 of a series they were down three games to one. "I think that's the exciting part about all this is that when you're shaping up to gear up to be a championship-caliber team for years to come - which I think Danny (Ainge) has echoed for a little bit".
In order for the money to match up, Ainge would need to send Irving, Hayward or Al Horford to Cleveland in addition to a batch of expiring contracts, such as Marcus Morris or Terry Rozier, and a pick from their still-burgeoning stash of first-rounders over the next few years.
Those were the two main takeaways from Irving's interview with Boston Sports Journal (subscription required).
Giving up any of these three to land the best player in the game is a no-brainer.
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is one of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association.
Irving said that's a discussion to be had after the upcoming season. The thought process is that James would prefer not to play with Kevin Durant or former teammate Kyrie Irving as joining either team would require them to be traded.
As for the draft, the Celtics have 27th pick and should be able to find a solid bench player at that point.
Irving should probably be careful what he wishes for, because one question a day during the regular season would end up being a lot of questions by the end of the season.
Boston will be healthy next season and depending on what happens with LeBron and his free agency, the Celtics should be considered the early favorite in the East.