Kyrie Irving opens up on re-signing announcement: ‘It was an easy decision’

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Kyrie Irving shocked most of the NBA world on Thursday evening by announcing his intention to re-sign with the Celtics next summer 10 months ahead of schedule. He gave a little more of his thinking about his decision on Friday morning at the Auerbach Center ahead of the team's trip to Cleveland for the preseason finale.

"I just have every intention of signing back," Irving said. "Me and Danny and management have not talked about any numbers, so please do not ask me about it. That goes for anybody -- we don't want any tampering or anything like that. July first, whatever that day is, we'll talk about contracts and stuff like that. I have every intention of signing back with Boston."

Team sources confirmed to Bostonsportsjournal.com that the announcement did not come as a surprise to them. Irving spoke with members of the team and front office ahead of his declaration to season ticket holders at the TD Garden. The All-Star point guard gave some more rationale behind his thinking the day after announcing his intentions.