Kyrie Irving Will Not Exercise $21.3M Player Option With Celtics

Celtics Mike Conley Kyrie Irving Grizzlies

Celtics Mike Conley Kyrie Irving Grizzlies

Irving will become a free agent.

Celtics big man Aron Baynes will exercise his player option for the 2019-20 season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

Mike Conley is drawing trade interest from at least three teams as free agency nears.

While the move signals that Irving indeed plans on entering the open market, it was something that everyone expected to occur. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team (his second All-NBA nod in his career), adding to a career that includes an NBA championship, an All-Star game MVP, a Kia Rookie of the Year Award and six All-Star appearances.

It appears the Boston Celtics won't have to completely overhaul their frontcourt this summer. National Basketball Association free agency rules forbid players and teams from working on deals until the free-agent moratorium is lifted at 6 p.m. on June 30. It doesn't help that Boston's season ended with four straight uninspiring losses to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, with Irving shooting just 30 percent (25-for-83) in those games.

Irving was long expected to opt out of his deal for next season despite committing to re-signing with the Celtics prior to the 2018-19 campaign. But there's ongoing conversations.

The Celtics, Pacers and Jazz could make a deal for Conley, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Tuesday during ESPN's mock draft special.