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.
Irving has been communicative and forthright with top Celtics officials since the season ended, with private and public signals that he will leave the organization in free agency — likely for the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/EupfcYxhsg— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 18, 2019
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.
The Nets strongly believe they are the frontrunners to sign Kyrie Irving when free agency commences June 30, league sources say. That and much more en route in a SLAMMED edition of your @nytimes NBA newsletter that will be invading inboxes soon— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 19, 2019
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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