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NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis open to joining Kyrie Irving-less Celtics?

NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis open to joining Kyrie Irving-less Celtics?

The Boston Celtics' 2018-19 season is (mercifully) over -- which means it's time to fire up the Anthony Davis trade rumors once again.

The prevailing wisdom was that Boston is a serious suitor for Davis this offseason, but its chances of luring the New Orleans Pelicans star and keeping him past the 2019-20 season hinge on whether Kyrie Irving re-signs with the Celtics this summer.

The Athletic's David Aldridge offered an update on that prevailing wisdom Friday:

I’ve heard that Davis wouldn’t completely rule out staying with the Celtics without Irving, but the odds of him re-upping in that scenario are significantly lower.

That Davis would consider coming to the Celtics -- and signing a long-term deal after his contract expires next summer -- without Irving, is notable, especially considering the point guard's future looks much murkier these days after Boston's playoff exit.

The 27-year-old has endured serious criticism after struggling in the Celtics' second-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, leading some to wonder if Wednesday's Game 5 was his last in a C's uniform. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are among several teams that would jump at the chance to sign Irving on July 1 if his "engagement" with Boston really is off.

As Aldridge points out, the Celtics likely will pursue Davis aggressively either way and take their chances on his long-term preferences, à la the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard. But it appears there is a scenario where Davis and Irving are just ships passing in the night.

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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

Since the NBA's suspended season has given Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant months to recover from their respective injuries, some believed they could return and make the Brooklyn Nets title contenders.

That theory was put to rest on Friday.

Durant confirmed to ESPN's Marc J. Spears he will not be returning to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Fla. next month. As for Irving, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the former Boston Celtics guard suggested on Friday's NBPA conference call it's possible he could join the team... as an inactive player.


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Durant missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after rupturing his Achilles tendon in last year's NBA Finals. Irving underwent surgery in March to repair an impingement in his right shoulder that ended his first season with the Nets after only 20 games.

Brooklyn currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-34 record on the season.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

On Thursday, the NBA announced a 22-team plan to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla.

The plan passed by an overwhelming 29-1 vote among teams, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the only organization to vote against it. Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, obviously, was one of the many in favor of the plan and discussed why Friday on Felger & Mazz.

"The point that seemed the most fair is not to give a team that was lagging farther behind in the East, and that was for example [the Charlotte Hornets] who are seven games back," Grousbeck said. "In the history of the NBA, no one has ever come from seven games back at this point in the season. And so, it's more fair to say no, we can only take so many teams because of safety.

"We don't want to have 500 more people with all 30 teams. We'd just have more of a chance of getting shut down because of the virus. So there was a line to be drawn, and we all decided 29-1 that this was the most fair line."

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With safety as the No. 1 concern going forward, it's a no-brainer to limit the teams heading down to Walt Disney World to only the ones that can fight for a playoff spot.

Grousbeck also suggested that the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks could be the C's first opponent when the league returns to action. The Celtics were preparing for a matchup in Milwaukee when the season was suspended in mid-March.

"I think our first game is going to be Milwaukee, which that would be interesting," Grousbeck said. "Because that's what the schedule looks like just from the current schedule. We don't have the new schedule yet. But we'll probably start right off with Milwaukee."

The C's currently have the No. 3 seed in the East as they prepare to return to the court.

You can hear the rest of what Grousbeck had to say in the video above.