Kyrie Irving is set to become a free agent in just under two weeks. But with free agency drawing nearer, he appears to be focusing on opportunities outside of Boston as he prepares to sign his third NBA contract.
In fact, talks with the Boston Celtics may be non-existent.
In a recent story, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe pointed out that there has been very little communication between Irving and the Celtics.
The strangest part of the Irving situation right now is that it appears he has essentially ghosted on the Celtics. The people within the organization I have spoken with have made it clear that they have had little, if any, communication with Irving in recent weeks.
This obviously isn't a good sign for the Celtics who are already "almost to the point of resignation" when it comes to re-signing Kyrie. There is already plenty of noise suggesting that Irving is preparing to leave the Celtics, so if he has cut off communication with them, that would further lower their chances of bringing him back.
This also adds greater meaning to the rumored meeting between the two sides that could take place before the 2019 NBA Draft. Irving's decision could have an impact on the Celtics' draft strategy. So, hopefully, things get sorted out before then, even if it does look likely that Irving won't return to Boston.
The NBA draft will take place on Thursday. In his latest mock draft, A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics taking a sharpshooter out of Kentucky with one of their three first-round picks.
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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."
So, just how tall is Celtics' fan favorite and fast-growing legend Tacko Fall?
7-foot-7? 7-6? 7-5?
All those heights have been used in stories on the rookie, who will split time between Boston and the Celtics' Gatorade affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, this season.
When the NBA 2K20 video game used Fall as an example of NBA players "shrinking" after their official measurements are listed on rosters, the rookie begged to differ.
Give Tacko the inch, even without shoes?
Whatever the height, Fall making like Tom Brady in a Red Claws practice Thursday is a must-watch:
As is the big man's bowling prowess with his teammates this week at Marcus Smart's charity event.
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