The good takeaway from that reply is that Irving has his sights set on competing for a title with the Celtics next year.
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.
Those were the two main takeaways from Irving's interview with Boston Sports Journal (subscription required). "You saw guys that literally are going to be stars in this league for years to come".
Unfortunately for Boston, the injury bug would strike again as Irving would be lost for the rest of the season on March 11.
There's recently been some chatter about whether LeBron James could consider joining the Boston Celtics once he opts out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and becomes a free agent this offseason.
Which team will LeBron James play for next season? But as was the case in a recent interview with the New York Times, Irving declined to provide it.
"Just how much versatility we have", Irving said.
While Irving's comment will likely lead to more speculation and wild trade rumors (because when aren't the Celtics involved in wild trade rumors) this summer, there's no need for Boston fans to panic. That's the only thing I'm really anxious about.
"I would just say the consistency, the authenticity, and honesty, from everything that we're doing as a team and an organization", Irving said. However, do the Cavaliers want to be the team Irving deserts following the season? "They gained a lot of experience, and now it can only help us going forward".
Green Teamers were some of the first to chide James when he evacuated Dan Gilbert's dumpster fire for Miami that summer, only to see James put the nail in the Big Three's coffin with a gentleman's sweep of the Celtics in 2011 and a 45-point coming-out party in the Garden in a career-defining Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals a year later.
In that Game 7, the Celtics came up short despite an impressive defensive performance, putting together one of the worst offensive showings of the postseason. "I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now".