Kyrie Irving on future with Celtics - 'Ask me July 1'

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As he spoke with reporters in NY before tonight's road showdown with the Knicks, Irving offered up a near 180-degree turn on his stance. That led to an MSG serenade for 60 minutes, which he said in a post-game interview, was "distracting".

His comments come in stark contrast to what he said before the season, making some wonder whether or not he will re-sign with the Celtics.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has not expressed any desire to trade Irving, and said this Thursday in an interview with Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston: "I talk to Kyrie all the time".

"It's nothing but a distraction at this point", said Irving, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, but grew up in New Jersey. "That's what excited me a lot about the beginning of the season, was the opportunity to come into this season really just doing what we planned on doing".

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Before the 2018-19 season kicked off, Irving made a public statement in front of thousands of Celtics fans saying he plans to re-sign with the team after this season. He is averaging 23.7 points, 6.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds this season.

Beyond the Knicks' trade of Porzingis, a potential deal involving New Orleans star Anthony Davis - who can't be dealt to Boston before July 1 unless Irving is traded - also has muddied the National Basketball Association landscape.

Al Horford and Gordon Hayward contributed 14 apiece, Jayson Tatum chipped in 13 and Australian Aron Baynes made nine.

A brief "We want Kyrie!".

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Damyean Dotson scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks, who dropped their 12th straight.

The Knicks dealt Tim Hardaway Jr, Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas along with the injured Porzingis, getting Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in return, plus two future first-round picks.

The Knicks' new players weren't available, so they started Dotson and Kadeem Allen as guards.

Irving was also asked Friday about the Knicks' decision to trade Porzingis.

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Knicks executives say they won't feel pressured to throw their money at someone in July. Irving spoke to the media on Friday and claimed that he "doesn't owe anybody shit" in reference to potentially re-signing with the Celtics this summer. "I am just constantly into how do I help these guys win the next play, how do I get them past the last play?"

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