That is what Celtics general manager Danny Ainge believes.
Irving has been non-committal about his future, and has recently appeared to change his mind about staying further than next year.
Back in October, he told fans that he would stay so long as the fans would accept him.
However on February 1 he refused to state whether he would stay or not, instead hinting that he hadn’t decided yet.
“Ask me on July 1,” he said.
“I’m going to make the best decision for myself and my family.”
Irving has the opportunity to opt out of the final year of his contract in the summer and become a free agent.
But as far as Ainge is concerned, the face of the franchise will be staying put.
“The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie’s announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage,” he said.
“And I think that it’s more like an engagement.
“And we’re going to get married on July 1st.
“I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know.
“In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we’re still engaged but we really can’t make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st.”
The Celtics are expected to make a move for Anthony Davis in the summer, as they cannot do so until the end of the season.
However, Davis is reported to be not interested in staying long-term with the Celtics, in part because of the uncertainty around Irving’s future.