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Danny Ainge, back at work for Celtics, shouts out Kyrie Irving on Twitter

Danny Ainge, back at work for Celtics, shouts out Kyrie Irving on Twitter

Danny Ainge could only be kept away for so long.

The Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, who suffered a mild heart attack earlier this month, already has been back with the team for weeks, head coach Brad Stevens admitted Thursday, via MassLive.com.

Ainge wouldn't be forgiven for taking some recovery time after the Celtics bowed out to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. But the NBA Draft and free agency are rapidly approaching, so there's plenty for Ainge to do ... even as his coworkers urge him to pace himself.

"Danny’s a tireless worker," Celtics co-owner Steven Pagliuca said Thursday at a service for late Celtics legend John Havlicek in Boston, via MassLive.com. “We’re trying to make him slow down, but he seems very healthy and he’s on a plant-based diet, feeling good, and we’re just happy to see him back."

It turns out Ainge also is a tireless tweeter. Shortly after Kyrie Irving (also an adopter of the plant-based diet) earned second-team All-NBA honors Thursday, Ainge gave his point guard a shout-out on Twitter.

Ainge also retweeted the Celtics' tweet congratulating Irving.

Irving, of course, can become a free agent this summer and is expected to consider the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. Convincing his All-Star guard to stay in Boston will be a top priority for Ainge, considering Irving's fate could impact the Celtics' pursuit of Anthony Davis.

Ainge's health and well-being obviously is paramount to any business the C's explore this summer, but it sounds like the 60-year-old is fully back in the swing of things.

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NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors have dominated the prelude to NBA free agency, and the Los Angeles Lakers likely are hoping those rumors turn out to be true.

That's because Irving to the Nets would open the door for guard D'Angelo Russell to return to L.A. If and when Irving signs with the Nets, they'd likely renounce Russell to make Irving their new star point guard and thus, Russell would become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained the scenario Tuesday night on ESPN.

“The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn,” Wojnarowski said. “Because then Brooklyn renounces D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who's been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason.”

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The latest Kyrie-Nets report states Brooklyn remains the 27-year-old's "preferred choice" in free agency, so the Lakers very well may just get their wish.

As for where the Celtics go from here without Irving, they're reportedly trying to lure free agent Kemba Walker as their next star.

NBA free agency gets underway on June 30.

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Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Kemba in, Kyrie out? Plus, a look at the offseason ahead for the Stanley Cup finalist Bruins.

1:00 - The Celtics are reportedly "at the front of the line" for Kemba Walker. Chris Forsberg discusses whether he would be a good fit in Boston. 

7:00 - Is Kyrie Irving’s drama tarnishing his reputation around the league? Cedric Maxwell and Forsberg join Early Edition to discuss. 

15:00 - The Bruins have some decisions to make this offseason, which players should the Bruins sign with limited cap space? Our BST crew debates. 

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