Your Morning Dump… Where Kyrie Irving has become tough to like – thesportsdaily.com

Your Morning Dump... Where Kyrie Irving has become tough to like - thesportsdaily.com
Boston Celtics Rumors: Danny Ainges dreams have shattered
The Boston Celtics recently just finished a turbulent, up and down season, and now they turn their attention to a offseason that promises to be an interesting one to say the least.

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.

Pelicans: New Orleans would likely ask for some first-round picks in the trade, and Boston would be happy to give them up (reminder: Houston has no draft picks this year). New Orleans has almost zero chance of walking away as losers in this trade. If Paul can make them competitive in the short term, great! If not, they can develop their young players and build around Zion. Capelas contract is extremely tradeable, meaning his acquisition wouldnt be a strict commitment to build with him as a core player. Should another star demand to be moved, Capela could be added to sweeten any trade package. Finally, Tatum has room to grow, but without the pressure of playing in Boston. Even if he stagnates, youve got a reliable starting-caliber player who can get you 15-20 points and play some solid defense. Oh, and draft picks. Theyre a crap shoot, but you can never have too many.

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.

Houston: This gets them off the Chris Paul contract and onto a Gordon Hayward rehabilitation project. They might not like the risk, but it could beat paying Chris Paul $44 million in 2022. It also gets them Jrue Holiday, a fantastic two-way guard with crucial experience playing on and off the ball, who could likely gel with Houstons notably guard-dominant system. Im not sure why Houston would want drastic change after coming so close to the Finals two years in a row with the same core of players still under contract, but with an apparent power struggle between Morey and ownership, a shakeup seems inevitable. The Rockets definitely need a shakeup – Im just not sure if that calls for a complete overhaul.

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.

Share Share The Houston Rockets are shopping everyone. Should the Celtics care?  tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Follow @Taco_Haus The Houston Rockets are at a crossroads much like the Toronto Raptors were last year. They have a strong regular season team that looks to be perennial contenders in the playoffs, but they also know this group doesnt have enough gas to win a title. If the current squad cant take down the Warriors core of Curry, Thompson, and Green (who look to be among the few on that roster to actually return next season), then its time for some change. As the famous saying goes: when the going gets tough, give up and find new players.

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.

Eric Gordon walking away wouldnt be back breaking. Davis leaving after one year would be pretty rough though. Again, I dont like the risk since I still believe in both Tatums development and Haywards recovery, but its worth exploring possibilities to gear up for a strong run next year. Well know more after this summer, but there are realistic scenarios where Toronto, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia all lose key players to free agency, leaving no clear favorite to come out of the conference (again).

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.

Typically I wouldnt panic over the looming possibility of players leaving as unrestricted agents because Boston has a good track record with retaining them, but taking that gamble twice in one off-season seems risky, especially with so many players having a preferred destination lists with dubious levels of honesty attached to them (teams with cap space can be listed purely for leverage, making lists misleading).

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.

First of all, I dont think Harden is off limits. Daryl Morey worked for the Celtics right when Danny Ainge was hired. Ainge quickly showed that he didnt care what people thought about him when he traded crowd-favorite Antoine Walker and later, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Morey holds Ainge in pretty high regard, calling him the best negotiator in the business on multiple occasions, including this quote from 2015:

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?

Boston: Oh boy. I dont like the idea of giving up on Hayward and trading a good, young player for two guys with one year left on their contracts. However, the nucleus of Marcus Smart and Al Horford would still be intact, Kyrie could be convinced to re-sign, and, most importantly, my favorite son Jaylen is still on the team.

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.

Build your own custom daily newsletter with updates on your favorite teams, sent directly to your inbox.

Your privacy is safe with us. Well never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like.

Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.

By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:


Posted in Irving