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Rumor: Potential Kyrie Irving departure wouldn’t change hot pursuit for Pelicans’ Anthony Davis by Celtics

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Kyrie Irving reportedly has a “low” probability of returning to the Boston Celtics, but even if he was to leave what’s been his home for the last two years, the team isn’t expected to back out of their pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Mannix went on The Crossover podcast, saying the Celtics wouldn’t relent on their chase for Davis after waiting half a season to be able to trade for him.

“From what I understand, they’re not going to take their foot off the gas when it comes to pursuing Anthony Davis,” said Mannix.

The ideal was to pair Davis and Irving, giving the latter a working partner that can be a reason to stay in Bean Town. However, there is little indication that a trade for Davis would make him stay after a 2018-19 season to forget.

“If you want a superstar like him, go get him and prove to him that your culture is worth keeping a player like that around,” said his guest Rohan Nadkarni.

The Celtics could restructure with Davis on board, who previously said he’d be open to re-signing in Boston, even if Irving were to leave.

Still, it would likely take away some important pieces like Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum, making this new-look roster more challenging to build after missing some core pieces.

It’s still refreshing to know president Danny Ainge isn’t folding in the midst of adversity and is still willing to play cards off his sleeve in hopes of keeping the Celtics competitive.