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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.”