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Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin insinuates Celtics are on Kyrie Irving’s list

LeBron James' best chance of winning another title in Cleveland is by having Kyrie Irving stick around. Can the two mend their relationship?

Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade to the Cavaliers, reportedly prefers to be dealt to the Knicks, Heat, Spurs or Timberwolves.

Might there be a fifth team on Irving’s list?

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin – while commending Irving – twice alluded to the Celtics.

Griffin on ESPN:

This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations – Brad Stevens and Popovich.
The teams on his list – Gordon Hayward in Boston and Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio – he would be accompanying other great players.

I still think it’s possible Griffin confused details during his first TV appearance, but he brought up Boston twice. That makes a mix-up less likely.

Griffin was already out in Cleveland before Irving requested a trade from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but Griffin still knows people in the organization. He could have inside information.

The asset-rich Celtics will be linked to every star who becomes available. With Isaiah Thomas – three years older than Irving and seeking max contract – entering free agency, it’d make sense for the Celtics to consider trading for Irving. A swap based on Thomas-for-Irving could help the Cavaliers win a title in LeBron James’ last season before free agency and help Boston contend once Cleveland has fallen off.

Irving – locked up two more years and without a no-trade clause – holds little sway where he goes. But the more confidence the Celtics have that Irving would re-sign in 2019, the more they’d deal for him. If Irving wants to join Boston, that means something.