That’s according to Nick Wright, who thinks the way Kyrie split from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago shows it is a possibility he might want out of Boston too.
The Celtics star can opt out of his contract in the summer and become a free agent and rumours he will do just that continue to increase despite Kyrie saying back in October that he would re-sign with the franchise.
Yet when asked about his free agency decision recently and whether or not he had since changed his mind, the 26-year-old guard declared: “Ask me July 1.”
Boston have endured an underwhelming season so far despite Irving’s performance levels and it has been suggested he could look to go to the Los Angeles Lakers to reunite with LeBron or move to the New York Knicks as they target two marquee free agents.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Kyrie’s future: “I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie’s announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage.
“And I think that it’s more like an engagement. And we’re going to get married on July 1st. I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know.”
Yet Wright fears that the six-time All-Star will depart TD Garden if they fail to progress past the second round, with the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers among their formidable opponents in the Eastern Conference.
“There’s always been an engagement, but it’s been a loose engagement,” Wright told First Things First on Fox Sports in response to Ainge’s comments.
“The thing is this, the reason – if we’re going to use the engagement analogy further – people don’t get married the next day is because a wedding has to be planned, there’s time.
“Kyrie didn’t sign the next day because there’s money involved. It would have made no sense for him to actually sign. It would cost him an enormous amount of money.
“One of the problems with that much time is people do have a change of heart, they learn about themselves more and they learn about their situation more.
“At no point did I think Kyrie was standing on that court at TD Garden saying ‘I hope to be here forever’ while actually thinking, ‘I know I’m out in July.’ I think in that moment he meant it.
“But man this year has not gone to plan, the Celtics’ young players have not gone according to plan. Nothing has gone according to plan.
“And oh yeah, both teams in New York have double max available, and LeBron and he reconciled. Things look a lot different in the light of February than they did in October.”
Wright believes the manner in which Kyrie forced his way out of the Cavaliers to get out of LeBron’s shadow shows the superstar is capable of changing his stance.
He added: “There is an element of how you found someone is very often how they’ll leave you and the Celtics got Kyrie.
“The way the Celtics got Kyrie was by, two months after he sat on an NBA Finals podium and talked about how committed he was to playing with LeBron, to growing together, to winning championships, he said, ‘I don’t want to be here.’
“So of course it was on the board that two months after committing to the Celtics, talking about how he wants to build with the Celtics and win championships with the Celtics, that he was going to say, ‘I don’t want to be here.’
“I don’t think there’s anything the Celtics can guarantee he stays. I do think a second-round exit would guarantee he leaves.
“A team that has been stuck in fifth place all year in the East, what is the most likely outcome? A second-round exit.”