All eyes will be centered on Kyrie Irving who is set to become a free agent this summer. The popular team he has been linked to is the New York Knicks, who are perpetually connected to big name free agents, and Irving happened to be at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Saturday to attend a boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
NBA Insider Implies Danny Ainge Would Be Happy If Kyrie Irving Leaves
Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists this past season with the Celtics. It was a season full of rumors swirling that he didn’t want to be there in Boston. He had gotten testy with reporters all season long as he seemed to show some frustration with the rumors and it appeared to have affected his play in the second round with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Houston Rockets are shopping everyone. Should the Celtics care?
The Celtics flamed out 4-1 after winning their first five games of the postseason. Irving shot 35.6 percent from the floor ad 21.4 percent from deep in the series.
With his appearance at The Garden on Saturday night, the rumors will begin to whip around again that he has New York on his radar. That’s just the way the NBA works.
Nonetheless, when free agency officially begins at 6:00 p.m. EST on June 30, it’s going to be a wild time in the league.
The Boston Celtics had a plan in place to ensure that they would be one of the top teams for years to come and a destination for free agents. After last season’s disaster of a season that won’t be the case.
The 2018-19 season couldn’t have gone any worse. Boston struggled to gel as a team and ended up getting bounced from the playoffs much earlier than expected.
I wont reiterate the value of AD for the 1,000th time, but Ill say that Eric Gordon is exactly the type of shooting guard the Celtics have needed for the past couple years. Despite the narrative that Boston could realistically run lineups with five good-to-great three-point shooters, one of their top priorities is finding a deadeye from deep who can play off the ball. Brad Stevens has proven his schemes can hide the defensive shortcomings of any guard, so Im not worried about the fit there.
This was supposed to be the season that all fans have been dreaming about. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were supposed to lead the Boston Celtics all the way to the NBA Finals.
Now we don’t know if Kyrie Irving is returning to the team and some fans would rather him leave. Gordon Hayward looks like he will never be the player that he was in Utah.
When Danny Ainge acquired these guys it set a plan in motion. One that would hopefully bring another megastar to Boston and hopefully make the team a champion once again. The dream of Anthony Davis was born.
Also, do the Pelicans want anyone from Houston as part of an Anthony Davis package? (Is Houston going to trade for AD?!) Capelas deal is excellent trade fodder, and Houston would probably field a wide range of offers to get off the Chris Paul contract if the price is right. Heres a potential scenario between Houston, Boston, and New Orleans thats a little wild, but could accomplish some goals for each team:
Now it seems like Davis won’t be coming to Boston and one of the reported reasons was Danny Ainge’s lack of loyalty to players. The Celtics are also backing off their pursuit of Davis.
Now a lot of the variables were rather unpredictable but last year didn’t look good for Ainge. The big moves he made couldn’t have gone any worse. Now it looks like the Celtics will be stuck in the middle and never be great enough to get to the NBA Finals.
The only redeeming factor of the team is that they have young stars. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are talented players, but will they be enough to make it to the NBA Finals?
Danny Ainge’s dream of making another big 3 has died and it seems like all of the moves he made these last few offseason were a giant waste.
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