Kyrie Irving has taken the first step toward his prospective free agency this summer.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million contract for the 2019-20 season and will become an unrestricted free agent.

As Charania reports, Irving can sign with any NBA team or sign a new deal with the Celtics when free agency opens. 

Irving was long expected to opt out of his deal for next season despite committing to re-signing with the Celtics prior to the 2018-19 campaign. The All-Star guard has spent the last two seasons with the Celtics after the franchise acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers two summers ago.

In two seasons in Boston, Irving put together averages of 24.1 points, 6.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.

After originally revealing at an event at the TD Garden that he’d re-sign with the team, Irving admitted in February that he didn’t “owe anybody s—“ when he was asked about his impending free agency. Irving also urged the media to ask him about his free agency again when the summer rolls around.

Irving and the Celtics saw their season come to a close when they were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics came away with a win in Game 1, but ended up losing four consecutive games to cap off a disappointing season.

The Celtics star guard finished with averages of 21.3 points, 6.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals while knocking down 40.1 of his 3-point shots. Irving also set a new career-high in the rebounding department and continued to develop his game.





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