This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat.
On Monday, Celtics president Danny Ainge informed everybody where Irving was.
And that's not really in Ainge's nature.
Boston star Kyrie Irving was limited to 60 games in the regular season and missed the entire playoffs after he underwent two knee surgeries.
In other words, the Celtics are just getting started.
"You need that kind of scoring", Ainge said.
The Celtics finished 2017-18 with a 55-27 record.
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It was reported last week that US production rose to a record level in March, while drilling activity picked up again last week. But without adequate transportation to get crude to the coasts, "we're going to continue to see some weakness in WTI", he said.
He went after Hayward (and, unsuccessfully, Kevin Durant), then won the draft lottery.
And with that knowledge, we must view the Celtics as the distinct favorite in the Eastern Conference in 2018-19. I always leave everything on the court, every game.
So, there you go.
We now know why Irving wasn't at the game. "That's going to eat at all of us for a while". But, as it turns out, he had a good reason.
It was a rare sour note from a Celtics team that gave us plenty to root for this year. "I think Gordon is in a better place right now than he was a couple of weeks ago after having this surgery".
The guard reportedly told ESPN that he is "worth more than $12-$14 million".
"He obviously exceeded everyone's expectations", Ainge said, "with the opportunities with Gordon's injury, but I think he's just scratching the surface". "A lot of players talk about [their worth] and they're free to say whatever they want in those regards and talk about their value publicly". "He's too valuable. As a matter of fact, he's more important than an assistant coach to me".