National Basketball Association wrap: free agent Irving applauded by rival fans

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He said he didn't question whether there was more he could have done to keep Porzingis happy in NY.

"I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena", he said.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Yahoo Sports reported Kyrie Irving was increasingly reluctant to re-sign with Boston this summer, despite stating he would do so in September.

But make no mistake, what happened this morning in NY was nothing short of a complete reversal by Kyrie Irving on his intentions to re-sign with the Celtics.

"Ask me July 1", Irving said, per ESPN.com's Ian Begley. But like I said man, he still comes in, he's a professional.

"I'm talking to our media people and we're just like 'I think you're supposed to say something.' I'm like, you know what, timing is everything with this". "Obviously I really worked hard to build a great relationship with him, going over to Latvia and everything, and really trying to involve him in a lot of the stuff that we're doing".

"My focus this season is winning a championship with the Boston Celtics".

With the Knicks trading away Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday and clearing enough cap space for two max contracts, Irving is now back pedaling from his comments.

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"So, it is what it is".

"I don't owe anybody s--", Irving added, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. Not that they had a player as good as Porzingis during those dark years, but their cap-clearing moves were mostly inconsequential salary swaps involving the likes of Jared Jeffries and Tracy McGrady.

"I respect the Knicks organization", Irving said.

At a preseason fan event last October, Boston Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving told attendees, "if you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here".

Some close to Durant see NY as a possible landing spot for the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP if he chooses to leave the Golden State Warriors, according to league sources.

Previous regimes would mess things up, but I have a feeling that Scott Perry and Steve Mills will get things right for the Knicks.

"We're going to be prudent in how we use that room because we're still consistent in building this team through the draft and with young players", Mills said.

Irving can opt out of the past year of his contract to test the free agent market at the end of this season.

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