Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving said Thursday that he plans to remain with the team following the upcoming season.
“I’ve shared it with some of my teammates, as well as the organization and everyone else in Boston,” Irving, 26, said at a gathering of Celtics season-ticket holders at TD Garden. “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.”
The comment drew a raucous reaction from the crowd.
According to HoopsHype.com, Irving is due to make $20.1 million in the 2018-19 season, then has a $21.3 million player option for 2019-20.
—Amid a rash of burglaries at the homes of celebrities in the Los Angeles area, LeBron James has hired armed guards to protect his property, according to a report.
TMZ Sports reported that the Los Angeles Lakers star’s security team includes off-duty police officers and that NBA also is assisting in security.
On Tuesday, police arrested three teenage males suspected in the burglaries at the homes of at least two dozen celebrities. Inside the home of one of the alleged burglars was a list believed to state the names of future targets, which included James as well as actors Matt Damon and Viola Davis, according to the Los Angeles Times. Among the burglary victims are Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and entertainers Rihanna and Christina Milian.
—Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith has agreed to pay $600 to a fan whose cellphone he tossed into a New York City construction site this summer, his lawyer said.
Smith was given a ticket for misdemeanor criminal mischief after the incident in late July, which the fan said happened after he tried to take a picture with the Cavaliers player, who previously played for the New York Knicks.
Alex Spiro, Smith’s lawyer, and a Manhattan prosecutor said Wednesday that an adjournment-in-contemplation-of-dismissal agreement should be finalized at the next court appearance. Spiro told reporters Smith will pay $600 in restitution.
— Paul George returned to the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing one preseason game due to personal reasons.
George missed Wednesday’s home contest against the Detroit Pistons after the death of his girlfriend’s father, according to the Oklahoman.
George participated in Thursday’s practice and is slated to play in Friday’s preseason road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
—Field Level Media