Oh boy. Here we go.
Remember Kyrie Irving’s whole thing about planning to re-sign with the Celtics? On Friday, he blew it out of the water.
Speaking to reporters in New York before the Celtics face the Knicks, Irving backtracked pretty substantially on his commitment to Boston.
In the next breath, he declared that “Boston is still at the head of the race,” but that’s hardly reassuring, given the acknowledgement of a race he has already led us to believe wouldn’t be run in the first place.
What this means for the coming NBA offseason can best be illustrated with a hand grenade being lobbed into a watermelon patch. After trading Kristaps Porzingis and shedding salary, Irving’s hometown Knicks suddenly have money to spend and could conceivably land two max players out of a free agent class that is also expected to include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler, to name three.
Then there’s New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, whose trade request is the destabilizing event that triggered this meltdown and led to Irving answering questions on Friday. The Celtics have long been considered the favorites for Davis, and if he is traded this summer, they have by far the most to offer. The tanking Knicks, however, (losers of 11 straight and counting …) could boast an ace if they land the No. 1 pick and the rights to Duke phenom Zion Williamson, making the Big Apple a potential destination alongisde a free agent like Durant who could further entice Irving. Or Williamson could be used to acquire Davis.
“At the end of the day I spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business,” Irving said, again per the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “What excited me a lot about the beginning of the season was the opportunity to come into this season really just doing what we planned on doing, set a goal and go after it and then see what happens at the end of the season. That was the plan before and that’s still the plan now.”
Irving can talk about plans all he wants, but from the sounds of it, his plans regarding the Celtics beyond this season suddenly aren’t so iron-clad.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog