Rumor: Danny Ainge is confident Kyrie Irving will re-sign if Celtics trades for Anthony Davis
The Boston Celtics will head into the offseason with several decisions to make; one of which is the future of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. After the Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, there is a strong belief that Irving will not be returning to the team. Instead, the one-time champion is expected to sign with the New York Knicks. However, Boston’s general manager Danny Ainge still believes that they have a pretty good chance of re-signing him, especially if they will be successful in trading for Anthony Davis, according to The Athletic’s Frank Isola.
The Lakers have a better roster and the fourth-overall pick. The Pelicans can find an attractive deal with the Lakers. Or Griffin may start having conversations with Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge, who has a young and talented roster plus first-round picks to trade. Ainge, according to sources, wants to re-sign Irving and believes he will do just that if the Celtics acquire Davis.
The Knicks are also expected to be one of the teams that will show interest in trading for the New Orleans Pelicans star. However, they will have tough competition, as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Celtics can come up with far more attractive offers.
Boston has enough assets to form a trade package that could be enticing for the Pels, but they might be a bit hesitant, considering the fact that Irving’s future with the team remains uncertain.
The next couple of months will be crucial for the Celtics’ future next season. But whether or not Irving walks away and they fail to land Davis, their team is still talented enough to compete in the East.
After all, they have reached the conference finals without both.