Kyrie Irving was a busy man less than three weeks before the start of NBA free agency.
The Celtics point guard on Wednesday chose not to opt into the final year of his contract with the team, making him an unrestricted free agent on June 30.
Celtics' Kyrie Irving is not opting into his $21.3 million deal for next season and will become a free agent eligible to sign a new contract with Boston or elsewhere, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 12, 2019
Shortly after the news of Irving's impending free agency, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Irving split from his longtime agent, Jeff Wechsler, and was with for Irving to work with Roc Nation for his upcoming contract negotiations.
Boston's Kyrie Irving is expected to partner with ROC Nation Sports for representation, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/2ZQnKvDaLV
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 13, 2019
Wechsler has represented Irving since he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers out of Duke in 2011. He helped Irving navigate his trade demand to the Cavs. Irving joined the Celtics by way of a trade with Cleveland in the summer of 2017.
The move to Roc Nation will fuel rumors that Irving and, perhaps, Kevin Durant will be joining the Nets. Roc Nation was founded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, a former Nets part-owner. The agency represents Durant, who can also become a free agent this summer should he choose not to opt into the final year of his contract with the Warriors. Current Nets guard Caris LeVert is also represented by the agency.
Irving, a six-time All-Star, is believed to have Brooklyn near the top of his desired free-agent destinations. Last week the Nets traded Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a lottery-protected first-round pick in next year's draft to the Hawks in exchange for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick. The move cleared the $18.5 million Crabbe was due next season, giving Brooklyn enough cap space to sign two free agents this summer to max contracts.
Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists per game in 67 games for the Celtics this season. He was named to the All-NBA second team.