Since the start of the 2018 NBA offseason, rumors and speculations continue to swirl about the potential departure of Kyrie Irving from the Boston Celtics next summer. Irving has already made it clear that his decision not to sign a contract extension with the Celtics doesn't have to do anything with his impending free agency. However, there are still some people who believe that the All-Star point guard will be leaving the Celtics to play somewhere else, including NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
In an appearance on NBA GameTime (h/t Daily Express), Isiah Thomas said that Kyrie Irving may consider returning "home" to join either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA free agency,
"I believe that," Thomas said. "There's always the natural pull to go back home and Kyrie being from that area - the Nets and the Knicks - those two teams will have their shot at him. Only because he's had a healthy respect for the area, people love him in the area and I think he'll give those organizations the kind of respect that they deserve. That doesn't necessarily mean he's going to leave Boston but I do think they will be in play. If they put the right package together and everything falls into place then they've got a chance."