Last week, as rumors surrounding a potential Kyrie Irving trade were swirling, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics as a suitor. That added a fifth team to the Irving sweepstakes, after his four preferred destinations had been reported.
Now the connection between Irving and the Celtics has reached a new level of legitimacy. Former Cavs general manager David Griffin, who left the post just two months ago and fielded Irving's trade request, appeared on ESPN on Monday and linked Irving to Boston twice.
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Here is what he said, as transcribed by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports:
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.
If Irving, 25, were to join the Celtics it would be a fascinating trade between the two teams that finished first and second in the East last season. It's not often you see the teams that met in a conference finals make a trade for a superstar just months later.
It still seems like any deal for Irving would have to include Isaiah Thomas, given the redundancy of their games. It's hard to see them co-existing in the same backcourt. Offensively, it would be amazing to watch, but they wouldn't stop anyone on the other end.
We don't know if any deal between the teams is close, but this rumor just got a lot more fun with Griffin's input. If it happens, the Wizards-Celtics rivalry would take on a different form with John Wall and Irving going back and forth.
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