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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

Kyrie Irving may have declared his intention to stay in Boston, but at least some NBA general managers haven't taken him off their wish lists just yet.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, those GMs will believe it when they see it:

As any college coach will tell you, a verbal commitment is just that. Also, the Celtics probably will be willing to make the five-year offer to Irving, but that's not in stone at this point with Irving's history of injuries and many months to go. Plenty of executives have the magnet with Irving's name on it slapped in the "UFA" (unrestricted free agent) column on their whiteboards.

But Danny Ainge -- while stressing the Celtics won't be able to negotiate with Irving until next year and that "you never know what's going to happen" -- is giving no indication that re-signing Irving will be a problem.

"We want Kyrie, Kyrie wants us, we want a long-term relationship," the Celtics president of basketball operation Danny Ainge told Toucher & RIch in his weekly interview today on 98.5 The Sports Hub. As for Winhorst's column, Ainge said: "I get what Brian is writing in that report, but it's like in Dumb And Dumber:  'So you're saying there's a chance.' "

In that vein, Windhorst reports there's also a chance -- a chance -- Anthony Davis will be moved this summer:

Davis isn't a free agent until 2020, but some teams already are mulling trade packages if Davis passes on an extension the New Orleans Pelicans can offer him next summer. This is the option that raises goose bumps among a handful of teams that think they might have a chance at landing Davis. The fact that Davis and the Pelicans are off to a fantastic start and that Davis has continued to be outwardly committed to New Orleans has not slowed this one bit.

Count the Celtics among the interested if, somehow, AD winds up on the market. 

But don't count on it.

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A. Sherrod Blakely's inaugural 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

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A. Sherrod Blakely's inaugural 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

BOSTON -- The NBA season will get going this week and that can only mean one thing … POWER RANKINGS ARE BACK!!!

And as we look at the NBA landscape at the start of the 2019-2020 season, it’s clear that this season has a predictably unpredictable feel about it.

Teams that for years began the season at or near the top like Golden State, are no longer a top-five lock out of the gates. Others who have spent the bulk of the last four or five years in basketball purgatory, seem to have a new lease on their basketball lives and find themselves among the top half of the league rather than being a perennial bottom-feeder.

It all sets the tone for what should be an exciting NBA season!

And with that, here’s NBC Sports Boston’s inaugural power rankings.

Click here for Blakely's full 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings>>>

16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers starts at 6:30pm Wednesday with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30pm.

Unprecedented player movement. No clear-cut favorite to win the title. One of the most talked-about rookies in years. Superstar duos across the league.

As the 2019-20 NBA season tips off Wednesday night, there's no shortage of intriguing storylines to monitor.

Which team has the inside track on the 2020 title: Kawhi Leonard's Clippers? LeBron's Lakers? The Greek Freak and the Bucks? Harden-Westbrook 2.0? The new-look Sixers?

How will the Celtics fare now that Kyrie Irving is gone, presumably along with the team's chemistry issues? Will Zion Williamson somehow live up to the hype?

Those are just a few compelling topics that will garner headlines over the next eight months, and NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg will be monitoring all of them.

Click here for 16 reasons why the 2019-20 NBA will be the best ever.>>>>>

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