While Kyrie Irving is currently in his prime, the Celtics All-Star point guard does not see himself playing at an advanced age, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps writes.

“Once I’m done with this, hopefully in my early to mid-30s, I’m done with this,” Irving said.

Irving, 28, is in the midst of another characteristically strong season for Boston. In 18 games, he’s averaging 21.9 points and 6.2 assists as the Celtics, currently, at 10-9, try to get on a consistent winning streak. However, as Irving reaches free agency this summer, he’s also looking toward his future in the game.

“I love basketball itself. But everything that comes with it? It doesn’t really matter to me, in terms of my life. I enjoy the game, I enjoy being with my teammates, playing every single day. Being an NBA player, this is a dream I’ve had since I was a kid. I think everything else that comes with it doesn’t hold the same stature it once did.”

Check out more Atlantic Division notes:

  • While there exists a general belief that Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will end up with the Lakers, the situation is a fluid one, Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports writes. Davis has reportedly expanded his personal list of preferred destinations to include the Knicks, Sixers, Celtics and Pelicans. And there is a lot of indication that Boston could be the favorite, Sheridan adds.
  • As the controversy surrounding Markelle Fultz continues, including a new report he’d prefer to get a fresh somewhere else, Shane Rhodes of Basketball Insiders looks at possible destinations. The Nets, Suns, Knicks and Heat are all teams that could have interest and a role for Fultz if the Sixers were to entertain offers.
  • Steve Popper of Newsday looks at the Knicks’ standing as the team prepares to recruit free agents and why the team may not be an attractive destination.

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