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Celtics Exit Interviews: How did it all change with Kyrie Irving?

I've heard the question probably a thousand times since the Boston Celtics' season ended with a whimper earlier this month in Milwaukee. I've heard it from family, friends, mailmen, random Celtics fans at the airport, and baristas at Starbucks. I've heard it from people around the NBA and I've heard it from people that couldn't name another player on the Celtics roster.
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After playoff performance, some teams reportedly down on chasing Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving remains one of the absolute lynchpins of summer free agency, and his decision may have the most ripple effects. Kevin Durant may leave Golden State for New York, maybe Kawhi Leonard bolts the Raptors for the Clippers, but the choices there tend to be more binary. One or the other. Irving, whatever he decides, will impact the fates of a lot of teams, including the looming Anthony Davis trade (which, despite David Griffin's protestations, is still going to happen).
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Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Teams more wary of signing guard after Celtics struggles

Celtics All-Star has been linked to the Nets, Knicks and Lakers as potential landing spots in free agency.


Report: Kyrie Irving's advisors urging him to strongly consider Nets

The inescapable rumor: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Knicks in free agency this summer. Marc Stein of The New York Times and Stephen A. Smith of ESPN discussed that on Smith's podcast. Stein: Right before the playoffs started, someone I trust very much told me, they might be a package deal, but they're going to look at the Nets just as hard as the Knicks.
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What do Celtics do if Kyrie Irving walks?

Much of the chatter since lottery night has focused on whether the Boston Celtics should be willing to go all-in with their pursuit of Anthony Davis. Boston still owns maybe the most intriguing blend of young talent and draft picks to offer New Orleans, should the Pelicans be unable to convince Davis to stick around to play alongside Zion Williamson. Boston's willingness to push all its chips in, however, could hinge heavily on one factor: Will Kyrie Irving re-sign with Boston this summer?
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Perkins on Kyrie Irving: 'Kyrie's just a different dude'

Perkins' opinions about the Celtics and the NBA for that matter, have led to an increased amount of exposure for Perkins who spent the bulk of his 14 NBA seasons in Boston with the Celtics and was the starting center for the Celtics' 2008 NBA championship team. Today he's doing some television work in addition to trying to put in the work to catch the attention of a team looking to add an assistant coach to the mix. MORE BLAKELY: Celtics seek roster replenishment from NBA Draft Th...
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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant rumors have Knicks favored over Celtics for 2020 NBA Championship

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant rumors have Knicks favored over Celtics for 2020 NBA Championship originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The latest 2020 NBA Championship odds will only add more fuel to the Kyrie-and-KD-to-Knicks rumors. Do C's want to pay to play for AD sweepstakes Caesars released its early odds for next year's title winner and the Knicks are favored over the Celtics. In fact, New York has the third-best odds overall at +1200.
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Ricky Rubio mentions Celtics as possible destination in free agency

Ricky Rubio mentions Celtics as possible destination in free agency originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Kyrie Irving out, Ricky Rubio in? Grousbeck noncommittal about Kyrie's future With Irving and Terry Rozier's futures in Boston very much unclear at the moment, Rubio sees the Celtics as a possible destination in free agency if they're left scrambling for a starting point guard. Rubio, who has spent his last two seasons with the Jazz, discussed the chances of joining the C...
Tags: News, Boston, Jazz, Boston Celtics, Irving, Rubio, Celtics, Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, Kyrie, Terry Rozier, Grousbeck


Rumor: Danny Ainge's plan in Boston still trade for Anthony Davis, re-sign Kyrie Irving

Boston president Danny Ainge has taken the long view of things. He can afford to, he has the kind of job security that allows for it. So a few bumps in the road — like a rough playoffs for Kyrie Irving, or the results of the NBA Draft Lottery — does not change his plans, which have long been to pair Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving.
Tags: News, Boston, Nba, Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Danny Ainge


What are the odds? The Timberwolves and their awful lottery history

On Tuesday morning, I wrote about the Timberwolves and how if they moved up in the draft lottery to the No. 3 or No. 4 spot, it might have some negative implications because of salary implications vs. value. I still believe that. But there's also no ignoring this: The Wolves did not, in fact, move up. They did, in fact, move down one slot from their pre-lottery position of No. 10 to No. 11. That was the 12th time in their history that they've moved down from their pre-lottery slot. They have nev...
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NBA rumors: Knicks will shift focus to Anthony Davis trade if they win lottery

NBA rumors: Knicks will shift focus to Anthony Davis trade if they win lottery originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com New York Knicks fans are very excited right now. The franchise is hoping to lure one or two of the marquee NBA free agents expected to hit the open market this summer, and the two names most often linked to New York in rumors are Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. The Knicks also have a large stake in Tuesday night's N...
Tags: New York, News, Nba, Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Knicks, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, The Knicks


Rozier: 'I might have to go' if Celts stay intact

Terry Rozier on Tuesday discussed on ESPN First Take what went wrong with the Celtics this season and having to take a lesser role with the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Espn, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Rozier


Terry Rozier says it was 'difficult' adapting to Kyrie Irving: 'I might have to go'

When a team with as much talent as this year's Boston Celtics bows out of the playoffs in the second round, observers wonder what went wrong and — whether it's fair or not — begin assigning blame. With this year's Celtics, a lot of the blame was assigned to Kyrie Irving. In the aftermath of Boston bowing out in five games to the Milwaukee Bucks, guard Marcus Smart came to Irving's defense.
Tags: News, Boston, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Irving, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier


Terry Rozier wants to leave Celtics if Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward return

It appears Tuesday was Terry Rozier's official airing of grievances on ESPN. The Boston Celtics point guard went on "Get Up!" in the morning to discuss the challenges of playing with Kyrie Irving, suggesting Irving's return from offseason knee surgery led to some confusion about the Celtics' game plan. Rozier expanded on those challenges a few hours later on ESPN's First Take, explaining that the bulk of his frustration this season stemmed from taking a back seat to Irving an...
Tags: News, Espn, Boston Celtics, Irving, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Rozier, Kyrie Irving Gordon Hayward, ESPN The Boston Celtics


Terry Rozier openly discusses challenges of playing with Kyrie Irving

Terry Rozier openly discusses challenges of playing with Kyrie Irving originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Want direct insight into the Boston Celtics' roller coaster of a season? Just talk to Terry Rozier. The Celtics guard has been candid all season about the frustrating reality of returning to a backup role behind Kyrie Irving, and how re-integrating Irving and Gordon Hayward into the lineup has led to strife in Boston's locker room.
Tags: News, Boston, Boston Celtics, Irving, Celtics, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier


Kendrick Perkins says Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant 'wouldn't mind playing in Boston'

Former Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had been outspoken about the team's poor performance this postseason before their elimination against the Milwaukee Bucks. Since then, Perkins has continued to be critical of Celtics star Kyrie Irving and doesn't seem to think that the Celtics should bring him back.
Tags: News, Boston, Boston Celtics, Perkins, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Kendrick Perkins, Anthony Davis Kevin Durant, Milwaukee Bucks Since


NBA rumors: Only Kevin Durant 'changing his mind' can derail Knicks' plans

NBA rumors: Only Kevin Durant 'changing his mind' can derail Knicks plans originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Kevin Durant is still a member of the Golden State Warriors. But most national pundits are getting ready for Durant's introductory press conference with the New York Knicks this summer. At this point, everyone expects Durant and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving to decline their player options and join forces on the Knicks.
Tags: News, Nba, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Knicks, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Durant


NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving has discussed joining LeBron James, Lakers

Supervillain Thanos mutters these words to The Avengers in Marvel's latest blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame." But the Mad Titan's message also can be applied to a potential reunion between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving this summer. After going to three straight NBA Finals against the Warriors with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving demanded a trade to get out of James' shadow in the summer of 2017.
Tags: News, Nba, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, James, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers Irving, LeBron James Lakers


Kyrie Irving reportedly eyeing playing for Lakers next season

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James went through one of the most public teammate divorces less than two years ago when Irving requested a trade from James' Cleveland Cavaliers, but they could be headed for a reunion. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst — one of the foremost LeBron Whisperers — Irving is growing more open to the possibility of signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. “But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers...
Tags: News, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, James, Lakers, Irving, The Lakers, Kyrie Irving, Kyrie, Jason Kidd, Brian Windhorst


Latest on pending free agent Kyrie Irving: All-Star 'discussing' Lakers with people

Celtics star Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Simmons admits he does not know if it is true, but Irving being linked to the Lakers has gained some steam in recent days.
Tags: News, Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers, Irving, Knicks, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Simmons


Careful what you wish for with Kyrie Irving, Celtics fans

When Kyrie Irving trudged off the court before the final buzzer of Boston's Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that all but sealed the Celtics' postseason demise, a chorus of fans near the tunnel vented their frustrations by suggesting Irving could just leave (even if maybe the loudest fan, and the outlier of the group, pleaded for the opposite. Now that the Celtics have bowed to the Bucks, capping one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, the dispirited masses have o...
Tags: News, Boston, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Irving, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Kyrie Irving Celtics


NBA offseason lingo and how it relates to the Celtics

There's no telling how different the Celtics will look at the start of the 2019-20 season, but make no mistake about it... Let's take a look at some of the common verbiage you'll hear this offseason and how that relates to the Celtics in what's sure to be a summer of change. Kyrie Irving, who will opt out of the final year of his contract, will become an unrestricted free agent, who, as we've seen, read and heard about all season, will be the target of a number of teams.
Tags: News, Nba, Boston Celtics, Celtics, Kyrie Irving


On Basketball: Has Kyrie played his last game for Celtics?

On Basketball: As Boston's season ends, all eyes now on Kyrie Irving _ and if he'll be with the Celtics again next season            [Author: AP]
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Smart: Blaming Kyrie for Celtics' fall is B.S.

Kyrie Irving struggled as the Celtics lost to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but Marcus Smart said it's "bulls---" to say Irving's leadership skills were to blame for the team's problems.
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How it all went wrong for Kyrie Irving in Boston

Irving left Cleveland because he wanted to lead his own championship contender. Instead, he may have been the Celtics' biggest problem this season. Now what?
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Was Kyrie too much for Boston or vice versa?

Kyrie Irving holds a large key to the Celtics’ future, but it certainly looked like he mentally packed his bags to go somewhere — anywhere — besides Boston.
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Kyrie Irving's failed leadership tells the story of the Celtics' failed season

It started with a qualified promise to stay. It ended with a failed promise to be better in the playoffs. In between, Kyrie Irving slowly eroded what seemed like a promising season in Boston.
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Kyrie Irving, Nike probably could've timed their new sneaker announcement better

Kyrie Irving, Nike probably could've timed their new sneaker announcement better originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Kyrie Irving and Nike probably could've picked a better day for the announcement of his new Kyrie 5 "Friends" sneaker and gear line. Considering the Celtics guard was thoroughly bashed on social media and talking head sports TV by former players and fans alike the morning after his 7-for-22 shooting performance in the loss that pushed Boston to the brink of elimin...
Tags: News, Boston, Nike, Boston Celtics, Irving, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Kyrie, Kyrie Irving Nike


Vegas has a new favorite to land Kyrie Irving, and it isn't the Knicks or Celtics

Oddly enough, the sportsbook at Caesars Palace doesn't see any of those as the most likely options. Brooklyn Nets favored to land Kyrie Irving Yes, the Brooklyn Nets are apparently the favorites to land Kyrie Irving after an ascendant season built around young talent. Trailing behind the Nets are the Knicks, Celtics and Lakers, with the Los Angeles Clippers coming in fifth.
Tags: News, Brooklyn Nets, Nets, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Knicks, Celtics, Kyrie Irving, Caesars Palace, Knicks Celtics and Lakers


Latest NBA odds to sign Kyrie Irving aren't a great look for Celtics

The Boston Celtics' season hasn't ended yet, but sportsbooks already are preparing for the fallout. Bleacher Report on Tuesday shared Caesars' odds for which team will sign Kyrie Irving when he hits free agency on July 1. The Knicks have been rumored as a potential destination for Irving for some time, as he grew up in nearby West Orange, N.J., and is close friends with Kevin Durant, who reportedly could consider New York this offseason, as well.
Tags: New York, News, Boston Celtics, Irving, Knicks, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, West Orange