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Kyrie Irving will not offer a final year of Celtics deal

Kyrie Irving will officially become a free agent.

As many expected, the Celtics point guard will not offer in his $ 21.3 million deal for the next season becoming eligible to sign a new contract with Boston or elsewhere, according to The Athletic

Irving will hit the open market as one of the top available free agents, averaging 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds during the 2018-2019 season. Boston's frustrating season came to an end in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they lost in five games to the Bucks.

"For me, it's just moving on to the next thing, and just seeing where that ends up," Irving said. after the season.

The Knicks had dreams of pairing with Kevin Durant this offseason, but those plans appear to be in shambles as ESPN.com reported Irving is "serious about the Nets" and Durant's Achilles injury could force him to miss all of next season

The Nets are in turn serious about beating the Knicks and other teams for the biggest free agents this offseason, and recently cleared significant cap space by trading away Allen Crabbe, the 1

7th pick in this month's NBA draft and a lottery protected 2020 first-round pick-in for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick. The move allows the Nets to now pursue two maximum free agent contracts this summer.

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