The Cavaliers traded Irving to Boston in August. They will likely be in discussion to reach the NBA Finals next season.
July 1st kicks off free agency, and this summer is extra special with LeBron James heading to the open market. If James goes to another team, the Cavs will want that pick to land inside to kick-start a rebuild.
Once Irving is 100 percent healthy and makes his return from knee surgery, Rozier will be back to his role of coming off the bench in Celtics head coach Brad Steven's lineup.
A San Francisco-based filmmaker wasted little time poking fun at LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Warriors completed a four-game sweep of their rivals on Friday night. Hayward is also under contract for two more seasons, while Kyrie could be free next offseason. Cleveland, as much as they might hate to trade LeBron within their conference, would have to do it.
"It's nearly like playing the (New England) Patriots", James said. What happens with Irving is going to be a major factor in all of them.
Excluding Houston's other free agents, re-signing just Paul and Capela easily puts Houston over the cap.
"Do you look at the Celtics as a long-term destination for you?" ESPN's Chris Haynes doesn't think so.
We have witnessed one of the greatest Playoffs runs ever, executed by arguably the NBA's greatest talent ever. Staying in the East? Will that necessarily be true with Boston and Philadelphia? Most of those teams can give James a strong pitch by revealing their plan to dethrone the Warriors. There are a few key pieces that could prevent this from happening. Here are three reasons why Chris Paul and LeBron James teaming up in LA is a awful idea.
This season, James knows the Cavs roster can't measure up to that of the Warriors. And if he hadn't gotten injured, his current team, the Celtics, nearly assuredly would have beaten his old team in Cleveland and gotten to the Finals.
"Oh, absolutely. I mean, listen, not only from a brotherhood aspect and what we know about one another, and also from an experience factor". George Hill signed a three-year, $57 million contract last summer.
The Celtics are in a good position and, depending on the Marcus Smart contract, could find themselves with an even deeper roster than a year ago.
Meanwhile, the Ringer is fanning the LeBron-to-Boston flames with a story that touts the Celtics as the best short and long term option for James.