Entering next season with him, Irving, and Tatum, who was phenomenal in the playoffs, should give the Celtics a shot at being the Eastern Conference best squad.
For now, Irving says he is not considering a contract extension. Besides, Irving has more important things to worry about this summer.
"My attitude is really just redemption next year", Irving said as he met with the local media for the first time since mid-March. "I think that's the exciting part about all this is that when you're shaping up to gear up to be a championship-caliber team for years to come - which I think Danny [Ainge] has echoed for a little bit". Actually, he isn't really running much at all following an April procedure on his left knee.
Irving said his backup, Terry Rozier, proved he's an National Basketball Association starter but that "turns into an unbelievable dynamic" for Boston next season.
"You don't really try to control that narrative", he said. I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September, not that I'm thinking about it or anything.
Irving noted it indeed "sucked" to not be a part of that playoff run. But he was proud of what he saw in Boston's young roster, and is eager to get back into the mix next season.
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"For me, I'm just glad everyone got to learn how special they were on a bigger stage".
It's the kind of thing that makes you raise your eyebrows if you're a Celtics fan or a person who wants Irving suiting up for their team some day.
Irving pointed out that signing an extension at this point would mean he has to sacrifice some money. "And the challenge is, now we have championship pedigree".
Although LeBron has not yet decided where he will play next season, Boston is rumored to be a potential destination due to their cap room and future assets.
Other than ambiguous speculation, that will come along with on upcoming free agency, everything has pointed to Irving being committed to this team.
"I'll definitely put together a few camps for us as the summer continues, but they deserve their vacation time", said Irving. But being a seven-year veteran of the league, Irving isn't ruling anything out.
Asked whether he'd be open to reuniting with James, Irving said, "In this business, I've experienced it all and I've seen a lot, so we'll see what management decides".