Kyrie Irving told fans of the Boston Celtics at an event at TD Garden that he planned to re-sign with the team in his 2019 free agency.

Irving explained the timing to reporters the next day.

“I thought it was a perfect time to let everyone know I have every intention to sign back and now I don’t have to answer any questions like, ‘What are you looking for? It was time,” Irving told reporters Friday morning. “I’m glad I can move past it and be with my teammates and we can move forward.”

 

Irving can sign a five-year, $180 million contract with the Celtics, and just a four-year, $139 million deal with any other team.