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Report: Celtics' belief in Kyrie Irving re-signing has 'eroded'

Report: Celtics' belief in Kyrie Irving re-signing has 'eroded'

The Celtics reportedly are not confident they will re-sign Kyrie Irving.

Considering the Kyrie-to-Nets rumors that have been flying around, that doesn't come as much of a surprise. Reports have indicated Irving and the Nets share "intense" mutual interest. But could the 27-year-old guard change his mind if Boston finds a way to land Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis in a trade? The C's believe there's a chance, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

Himmelsbach writes:

According to league sources, the Celtics’ belief that Irving will re-sign with them after free agency opens on June 30 has eroded.

There is still some hope within the organization that Irving will have a change of heart if Boston is able to acquire Davis. And Irving’s fickle personality certainly makes anything possible until he officially agrees to terms with some team.

But the likelihood of an Irving return appears to be decreasing. Nevertheless, the sources said, it is clear that the Celtics’ pursuit of Davis will push forward.

Obviously, pairing Irving with Davis seems like a pipe dream at this point as Davis has no interest in a long-term commitment with Boston according to his agent, Rich Paul.

But if the Celtics do manage to land AD in a mega-deal, that makes Irving's free agency decision infinitely more difficult. In what could be a wide open NBA next season, the C's would have a serious shot at a title with him and Davis leading the charge.

Fortunately, we won't need to wait much longer to find out what that decision will be. NBA free agency opens just over two weeks from now on June 30.

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Report: Details emerge about Marcus Morris and Rich Paul's split

Report: Details emerge about Marcus Morris and Rich Paul's split

Marcus Morris officially signed with the New York Knicks earlier this week on a one-year, $15 million deal. This ended a rocky free-agent process for the former Boston Celtics forward, and one that left some carnage in its wake.

Morris had reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $20 million to join the San Antonio Spurs. However, he backed out of that agreement to join the Knicks on the shorter-term contract worth more in average annual value. After that, Morris and his agent, Rich Paul, parted ways.

And according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the reason that Paul and Morris are on the outs is due to Morris' decision to renege his verbal agreement with the Spurs.

Morris’ super-agent, Rich Paul, was not involved directly in Morris breaking his verbal agreement with the Spurs, according to a source, and the Knicks and Morris worked on a new deal together. The source reports Paul preferred Morris stick to his original agreement and the two are headed toward a breakup over the incident.

It's understandable why Paul would be a bit frustrated with this development, as the Spurs had to orchestrate a sign-and-trade of sharpshooting stretch four, Davis Bertans, to fit Morris onto their roster. But with Morris deciding to sign elsewhere, the Spurs essentially gave up a young asset for nothing. Had Paul stayed with Morris, that could have damaged his reputation with the Spurs, so he apparently chose to distance himself from Morris' decision instead.

Of course, it's also worth noting that Morris reportedly had a $41 million contract on the table from the Los Angeles Clippers that he didn't end up accepting. It's unclear why he chose not to sign there, but it's yet another intriguing footnote in Morris' summer. The Clippers would move on from Morris to add Moe Harkless in a trade before landing both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

With the dust settled, it looks like Morris won't have Paul in his corner anymore. But he will be with the Knicks and will have plenty of chances to suit up against the Celtics in the 2019-20 campaign.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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01:33: After revealing that he had a, “pretty good idea,” that Kyrie would be leaving in March or April, Danny Ainge clarified his comments to say it was always a possibility Kyrie would stay. A. Sherrod Blakely, Trenni Kusnierek, and Kyle Draper discuss his clarification and predict who the new leader in the C’s locker room will be.

07:11: After Enes Kanter showed off his personality during Celtics introduction, we wonder what will he be bringing to Boston not only on the court but off the court as well.

12:30: Finally, Lou Merloni joins Tom Giles and Michael Holley to discuss Chris Sale’s comeback at Fenway- getting his first win at home in 2019.

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