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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Re-Affirms Desire to Stay in Boston, Says it’s Not All About the Money

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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is doubling down on his comments that he wants to remain with the Boston Celtics, saying that at this point in his career, it’s not all about the money as he prepares for free agency next summer.

Irving, who turned down a contract extension this summer, spoke about his decision making process as he enters the final season of his current deal.

“To be in a position to even be considered a franchise free agent is pretty awesome,” Irving said, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “At this point in my career, it’s not so much about the money, it’s not so much about the extra curricular things, it’s like OK, where am I happy? Where am I most comfortable? Who’s going to give me that [atmosphere] where I would love to grow as a human being? I spent more time with my teammates than I do with my family and you want to be in a place where thinking about starting over again, obviously that’s what the thing you think about.”

Irving then spoke again about his preference to remain in Boston.

“You think, ‘what about a new location?’ and it’s just like I want to be comfortable and what’s better than being in Boston?” Irving asked.

“This year has felt much different because of the environment that has been created for me and by me and going to the new practice facility. There’s nothing like playing at TD Garden. “I didn’t say that to appease you guys. I actually love Boston.”

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Kyrie Irving Announces Commitment to Celtics Long-Term

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of fans happy on Thursday night, including the Celtics organization, when news broke that he had met with ownership over the past few months and is committed to the Celtics for the long term, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Irving announced his plans to re-sign with the team during a fan event at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Feeling More Confident With Each Game

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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is assimilating to NBA action after recovering from a gruesome injury on opening night last season, and his play on the court during the preseason shows that Hayward is getting close to form.

For Hayward, everything he does, each time he does it, is making him more comfortable as he prepares for the 2018-2019 season.

“I think each time I do something new that I haven’t done, it definitely builds more confidence for me, just from a physical standpoint, knowing my leg is stable and is going to hold up,” Hayward said, according to NBC Sports.

“That was the first time I’ve [had a chase down block], so, there’s things that I haven’t done yet. I haven’t had to chase down anybody like in practice or anything, so in the game setting there’s definitely things I’m doing for the first time and figuring it back out. So I think if it just happens, that’s a good thing.”

“I did feel a little more comfortable out there,” Hayward continued. “I think it was great being in front of our own fans for the first time. That was a special feeling for me. Obviously, still have a lot of improve on. I think rust is there, for sure, for me, but it was Game 2 after not playing for a year, so it’ll come back.”

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