Irving revealed over the weekend to the New York Daily News that the New York Knicks were a serious contender when he was considering where to go during free agency.
"Every team was under consideration but obviously New York held a special place for me," Irving said. "Just being from Jersey and obviously envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting and playing for [Knicks coach David Fizdale] and a great young core that they have here."
"Thinking about playing with [Kristaps Porzingis]. That was a big thing before I made my decision just to plan on re-signing back with Boston."
"I think if you were in my position I think it would be an easy decision. Thinking about who we have and the future and what we’re set up for. For me it was — where I am in age and how I envision my career going and kind of the lineage of guys that have come before me in the Boston Celtics is something I wanted to be a part of."