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No indication LeBron will be rejoining Kyrie . . . yet

No indication LeBron will be rejoining Kyrie . . . yet

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving remains non-committal on his future with the Celtics beyond his current contract, which could be up after this upcoming season. 
 
But at this point, all indications are that it won’t lead to a reunion of sorts with his former teammate LeBron James. 

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 “I am truly grateful to speak with management as well as our coaching staff,” Irving said. “We pretty much have open dialogue with the direction we’re going in and we all feel confident that we all have something to offer here. The fact that we’re even having those conversations and I’m a part of it, I’m thankful for.” 
 
So I asked Irving about that having that level of rapport with management, especially in a summer when there are rumors about James coming to Boston. 
 
“It puts things at ease,” said Irving, who added that he and Celtics’ brass have had no talks about James potentially coming to Boston. “Obviously, the speculation … it’s inevitable. So, you don’t really try to control that narrative. You try to focus on what’s important, what we need for going into next year, how being aware of who we have now, what we’re capable of, the things that we need to kind of fix or get done, and go from there.”
 
While there have been no talks among Irving and the Celtics in relation to James, Irving knows all too well how quickly things can change. 
 
On July 10, 2014, Irving signed a five-year, $90.3 million max deal with Cleveland. The deal was viewed by most as cementing Irving’s status as the face of the franchise for years to come. 
 
And then two days later,  LeBron James decided he wanted to return to Cleveland, which signed him to a two-year, $42.2 million deal.
 
Just like that, James was back in control of the franchise while Irving was relegated to being the team’s No. 2 option. 
 
Despite winning an NBA title in 2016, Irving had grown weary of the enormous shadow cast over him by James and the Cavs, and demanded a trade last summer. 

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Boston acquired Irving in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a pair of draft picks. 
 
Regardless of what conversations have or not have taken place yet, the question that remains a mystery for many is whether Irving could, in fact, play with James again, here in Boston?
 
“In this business, I’ve kind of experienced it all,” Irving said when asked about reuniting with James. “I’ve seen a lot, so  . . . we’ll see what management [does].”

Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

If the San Antonio Spurs can't retain disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, they'll likely trade him to an Eastern Conference team, according to a USA TODAY report.

The Celtics have made inquiries about Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month. 

More from Sam Amick's story in USA TODAY: 

Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego earlier this week to meet with Leonard, who reportedly will tell any team he's traded to that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer. 

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast...

1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk.

5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft.

8:27 - 18:18 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined by Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy describes the potential he sees in Robert Williams, if he thought he would go higher in the draft, and what part of his game he will need to improve in the NBA.

18:53 - All eyes will be on Roger Williams during the Celtics summer league. What will he be able to bring to the Celtics?

20:04 - Would you want the Celtics to sign Dwight Howard? Or would you rather have Aron Baynes return to Boston?

26:02 - The Spurs are not going to be able to get full value for Kawhi Leonard and how it's looking less and less likely that the Celtics will trade for Leonard.

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