A true double whammy has hit Boston in a matter of a couple minutes. Several reports have been released that threaten the Celtics’ chances at a championship any time soon.
Recently, Kyrie Irving was asked by reporters if he would be re-signing with Boston this offseason. He answered like a true politician. We have no more information than we started with, but for some reason, it seemed very ominous. In dodging the question, he said, “Ask me July 1.” Then, “I don’t owe anybody s***.” And last, “Obviously Boston is still at the head of that race.” Absolutely nothing answers.
On October 4th, 2018, Kyrie said to Celtics fans at the TD Garden that he wants to re-sign. Now, he isn’t so sure. Irving even said he would want to play with LeBron again. The NBA is turning into a soap opera, especially as we approach the trade deadline. We already knew that Ainge wasn’t going to deal Kyrie by the trade deadline. Danny doesn’t believe in mid-season trades even if it would help the team win a championship.
It is no secret that any team other than the Warriors winning the NBA title is almost impossible. No team will be able to take Golden State down until someone builds a competitive super team or Durant and Klay leave this offseason. Anthony Davis could be traded at any second, but Pelicans GM Dell Demps isn’t picking up his phone… Certainly any team that gets AD would become a super team. Unfortunately, the Celtics can’t get Davis until the offseason because of the Rose Rule.
So, why would Kyrie have such a change of heart?
Well, I assume it has something to do with another report that came out moments earlier. According to Shams, Anthony Davis does not want to go to Boston. He sees them as just a rental and never a long-term destination. He would not be there for more than a year. Now, I would not put a lot of faith in a publication that literally calls themselves a sham, but the timing of these reports should scare my fellow Celtics fans. They for sure scare the hell out of me.
Kyrie and AD are both in “win-now” mode. They both want what is best for their careers. Money does not seem to be a deciding factor in where they play next year. I am normally never this pessimistic about the Celtics, but there is something so eerie about what is happening right now. The Trade Deadline Scaries are getting to me.
One thing is for sure though. No matter who is on the Celtics, Brad Stevens will make us competitive and keep us in in the Eastern Conference Finals conversation every year.