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A ghost no more? Kyrie Irving has reportedly signaled to Celtics that he's leaving

A ghost no more? Kyrie Irving has reportedly signaled to Celtics that he's leaving

Kyrie is reportedly no longer "ghosting" the Celtics. In fact, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, he never really was.

Charania reports, on the heels of the earlier report Tuesday night of Al Horford's impending departure, that Irving has been "communicative and forthright" - contrary to earlier reports of the mercurial free agent guard "ghosting" his soon-to-be former team.

The news - while not a surprise given the reports of Brooklyn being Irving's destination the past few weeks - does lend an air of finality to Irving's decision, particularly after the Celtics lost out to the Lakers in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes and now Horford's apparent decision to opt out and move on.

Charania reported Monday that Irving was to meet with Celtics management before the draft on Thursday night. Perhaps this news came ahead of - or emerged from - that meetings.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports the Nets believe they're the frontrunners for Irving.

For more on Irving, Horford, the draft and the future of the Celtics, listen to the latest Celtics Talk Podcast with Celtics Insiders A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg and guest Jeff Goodman of Stadium:

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Brad Stevens discusses importance of sleep, how it impacts Celtics

Brad Stevens discusses importance of sleep, how it impacts Celtics

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has put an emphasis on sleep for as long as he can remember. 

Stevens makes sure that each and every member of his squad is getting a consistent night's sleep throughout the duration of the NBA season. 

"That's something you have to learn how to manage as well as you can," Stevens said. "In the NBA, obviously that presents itself over, and over and over. If we're going to get home after three o'clock in the morning, then we have to have significant recovery time before our next game for us to do that. If not, we will fly the next morning. If we're at a two-hour time difference, then we'll leave the hotel at 8:30. If we have a three-hour time difference, we might leave the hotel at 7:30 to get back on our time as well as we can.

"The more you can stay in a window of consistency in your sleep, the better. Our window is just unique during the season because of the late nights."

Considering the C's have a 9-1 record early on this campaign, it seems they're doing a terrific job managing their sleep schedule. They'll be back in action Friday night against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

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Ray Allen: I would have re-joined Celtics if they signed Kevin Durant

Ray Allen: I would have re-joined Celtics if they signed Kevin Durant

Remember when the Boston Celtics made a serious push for Kevin Durant during the 2016 offseason?

Apparently he wasn't the only player who would have come to Boston in that scenario.

Retired NBA guard Ray Allen, who spent five seasons in Boston from 2007 to 2012, admitted Thursday he spoke with Danny Ainge in 2016 and told the Celtics president of basketball operations he was open to re-joining the C's if they landed Durant in free agency.

"I had a conversation with (Ainge) and I told him this was my last-ditch effort. I would’ve went back,” Allen said on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" radio show.

"This was when Kevin Durant was a free agent. He was thinking about going to Boston. And I said, ‘Hey, if you guys land Kevin, I would certainly look at lacing them back up one more time and try to make something good happen here in Boston.' "

Allen was two years removed from the NBA at that point and hadn't played since 2014 with the Miami Heat. But Allen played the "sidekick" role well during his stint in Boston, winning an NBA title in 2008 after forming the "Big Three" with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Allen didn't have the cleanest split with the Celtics: Several C's players bristled at the sharpshooter's decision to reject Boston's contract offer to sign with the Heat in 2012, taking issue with Allen's lack of communication over his decision.

Pairing Allen with Durant would have made the Celtics an instant title contender, though, and likely would have helped Allen put his past behind him.

Alas, a cameo from Tom Brady wasn't enough for the C's to prevent Durant from joining the Golden State Warriors, leaving fans to ponder this new twist to one of the NBA's great "what ifs."

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.