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Kyrie appears to walk back Celtics commitment: 'I don't owe anybody s---'

Kyrie appears to walk back Celtics commitment: 'I don't owe anybody s---'

It started, if he shifted a commitment from the Celtics, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

"It's nothing but a distraction at this point", he said.

James said of that call: "We talked and it was a great conversation", but wouldn't divulge what he said to Irving. In addressing a reporter's question Friday afternoon before the game, Irving said he doesn't "owe anybody sh*t" and "ask me July 1" when it comes to his free agency decision.

"Like I said, I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena", he said on Friday.

Irving, 26, strongly implied earlier Friday that he isn't fully committed to re-signing with the Celtics, something he said before the season that he had planned to do. They applauded him during introductions, cheered every time he touched the ball in the first quarter and even had a "we want Kyrie" chant break out during the third quarter.

Malik Beasley scored a career-high 35 points, Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, and Denver almost held James Harden below 30 points in a blowout of visiting Houston.

Hassan Whiteside had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who lost their second straight overall and have dropped four of the last six. "I'm just going to do what's best for me".

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In Thursday's multi-player deal, the Knicks gave up Porzingis, Tim Hardaway, Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas and received Dennis Smith, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews, plus two future first-round picks.

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

Along with Boston not playing to their lofty expectations, it created uncertainty in Boston, with Irving, Gordon Hayward's struggles since returning from a broken ankle and the young players taking a step back from 2017-18.

Irving said it became clear to him recently he wanted to re-sign with Boston and that he aspires to finish his career among the franchise's greats.

"I can't think that way".

Kyrie Irving says winning a championship for Boston is still his main goal. "Obviously I really worked hard to build a great relationship with him, going over to Latvia and everything, and really trying to involve him in a lot of the stuff that we're doing". "I wish them the best".