Kyrie Irving hasn’t had much recent contact with the Celtics, according to a report from the Boston Globe.
The 27-year-old guard is set to be a free agent this summer. The Nets are reportedly the favorites to sign him while he has also been linked to the Knicks and Lakers.
Boston had reportedly been discussing potentially acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in the hopes of improving its chances of keeping Irving. But, the star forward ended up being sent to Los Angeles in a blockbuster deal.
The Globe’s report adds:
“The strangest part of the Irving situation right now is that it appears he has essentially ghosted on the Celtics. The people within the organization I have spoken with have made it clear that they have had little, if any, communication with Irving in recent weeks.
“There had been some hope that trading for Davis would have given the Celtics a new vision to sell to Irving. But that, clearly, is not an option anymore.”
The Celtics landed Irving in a trade with the Cavaliers in August 2017. He averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists for Boston this season.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said earlier this month he hasn’t received any “indication” that Irving is planning to leave.
“There’s not much I can say about that, honestly,” Ainge said, via NBC Sports Boston. “There’s ongoing conversations. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Ainge said he had no regrets about dealing for Irving, regardless of what happens this offseason.
“There’s always risk in making deals. We’re not afraid of risks,” Ainge said. “We made a risk by trading for Kyrie. And no matter what happens with Kyrie, I’ll never regret that. Just move on to the next deal.”
The Celtics entered the season as the favorites in the East, however, they finished with a 49-33 record and fell to the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.