Kyrie Irving’s spell with the Celtics was rather short-lived. The 2016 NBA champion was traded by the Cavaliers to Boston in 2017 and two years later he signed with the Nets.
According to the player, he initially intended to re-sign with the Celtics but a loss of a family member changed things for him.
Via Logan Murdock of The Ringer:
“The week before my grandfather passed, I was committed to the Boston Celtics, and I wanted to stay here. And then my grandfather passed a week later, and then my whole world shifts after that point, and I don’t think anyone understood it. Not the Celtic fan base, not the NBA fans, not anybody from afar.”