Gorman: Exploring Kyrie deal may make sense for Celtics

Kyrie Irving is not untouchable to be part of a trade, says legendary play-by-play man Mike Gorman.

Would the Boston Celtics trade Kyrie Irving?

Legendary Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman believes it’s a possibility.

“Certainly, if you’re going to trade Kyrie you get excited because there’s a whole lot coming back,” Gorman told host Evan Valenti on the Celtics Beat Podcast on CLNS Media Network. “Danny [Ainge] doesn’t like to put the untouchable label on anybody. I do think [Jayson] Tatum is untouchable myself.

“It would take some unbelievable offer to get him away from Boston right now. But I think everyone else is in play, to some degree.”

There have been whispers of the Celtics being linked to Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. To swing such a deal, Irving is the level of player it would all but assuredly require to make it work.

“Again, if you’re talking about the big guy from New Orleans [Davis] then you’re going to have to be talking about a really really, good player going back the other way,” Gorman said. “And that’s the only other player that the Celtics really would put everyone on the table for.”

Many assume Irving will opt out after next season by declining his player option for 2019-20 and sign a max contract with the Celtics, who could pay him the most money. However, Gorman does not “think it’s a given” anymore.

“I think Kyrie’s record over the course of his career would tell you that injuries have been a problem,” Gorman said. “I think you have to be smart here and look at what the facts are, and understand that they may be a problem going forward, too.”

Gorman cited Irving’s injury history as a reason the Celtics would weigh any and all options with him.

“You’d like to see Kyrie, who’s in a contract year next year, to have the season of his career,” he said. “I think the big measurement for Kyrie going forward is how many games can you reasonably get out of him.”

4 Comments on "Gorman: Exploring Kyrie deal may make sense for Celtics"

  1. Nobody is offering anything for Kyrie when he can opt out next year. If Kyrie didn’t have the injury history, I’d even say he should only sign 2 year deals with player options for the 3rd so that he can always control his destiny because Ainge will trade him in a heartbeat for the right offer.

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | June 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm |

      That may be true. But if I’m the Kings I offer my team. One year of Kyrie would be more exciting than that losing bunch. Then you could offer him the max and use him in a sign and trade.

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