2019 Free Agency

Report: Kyrie Irving parts way with agent, is 'intensely interested' in Nets

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly parted ways with his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler on Wednesday and instead has plans to be represented by Roc Nation Sports.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Irving, who declined his player option for the 2019-20 season, is partnering with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as he braces for his first free agency on June 30.

With Jay-Z being a former part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets and one of the city’s biggest icons, the move fuels speculation that Irving might make the Nets a free-agency destination. Wojnarowski says that Irving “remains intensely interested in the Brooklyn Nets” while also noting that the New York Knicks are expected to remain in the mix as well.

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday that the Celtics are not out of the running to keep Irving.

But he followed that up with an additional report on Thursday that Irving might already be as good as gone.

Per that report, separate league sources, including one with ties to Roc Nation, provided the same information to the Herald that Irving is already prepared to depart for Brooklyn, with one of those sources “operating under the belief that Irving wants to join the Nets.”

Bulpett did couch that report, writing that the Celtics have not been given clear-cut word from Irving that he’s leaving, and that the situation should be treated as “a fluid matter.”