Celtics

Kyrie Irving declines player option, will become a free agent

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One of the most expected moves of the Celtics offseason became official ahead of a Thursday deadline, according to Shams Charania of Stadium: Kyrie Irving will hit the open market on July 1. The All-Star point guard declined a player option worth just over $21 million officially on Wednesday (ahead of a Thursday deadline) in order to pursue a far heftier contract in free agency. The Celtics have been unable to offer him an extension that makes financial sense for Irving throughout his tenure in Boston, which has helped pave the way towards Irving's path to free agency, despite a proclamation at the beginning of the season that he'd like to stay in Boston.

The Celtics still maintain full Bird Rights on Irving after he has opted out and can offer him up to a five-year contract at the start of free agency next month.

Here’s a look at the max offer that the Celtics can offer Irving this summer: