It's move that would force Kyrie Irving's hand in free agency, although reports have shown that the cryptic point guard has been showing plenty of interest in signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Irving is coming off a stellar season in which he averaged 23.8 points per game and a career-best 6.9 assists per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor and 40.1 percent on 3-pointers.
This is largely a technicality for Irving, as he would have chosen not to opt into the final year of the contract whether he plans to leave Boston or not.
Baynes signed a one-year deal with the Celtics in 2017, before signing a two-year deal last season which included a player option for the second year. Irving could land a 30% max deal for five years with 8% raises in between. If Irving looks elsewhere he'd be limited to four years and 5% raises, or just over $140 million all-in.
After originally revealing at an event at the TD Garden that he'd re-sign with the team, Irving admitted in February that he didn't "owe anybody s--" when he was asked about his impending free agency.
With Irving's 2019-20 option out of the picture, Irving's "Rose Rule" rookie scale extension will officially be a thing of the past.
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