Kyrie Irving’s Announcement to Re-Sign with Celtics Surprised Danny Ainge

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) runs during the second half of a preseason basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The Celtics defeated the Hornets 115-112. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that the timing of guard Kyrie Irving‘s announcement that he wanted to re-sign with the Celtics caught him off guard.

Appearing on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich (h/t Calli Remillard of Boston.com), Ainge said, “Kyrie just wanted to make that announcement then. I didn’t know he was going to make it then and there. I think it’s kind of neat that he did it where he did it, with all of the fans there on that night.”

Last week, Irving addressed fans at an event for season ticket holders, saying, “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year.”

While the timing surprised Ainge, he noted that he already knew Irving wanted to remain with the organization beforehand.

      

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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October 12, 2018 at 07:38AM

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