Danny Ainge Uses Great Analogy To Explain Kyrie Irving’s Celtics Status

Rajon Rondo of the Lakers celebrates after making the game-winning jump shot against Boston. | AP

Rajon Rondo of the Lakers celebrates after making the game-winning jump shot against Boston. | AP

When asked about Kyrie Irving and his relationship with the franchise on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" show, Celtics GM Danny Ainge compared their current situation to an engagement. But Ainge has maintained an open line of communication with Irving and has had several conversations with the 26-year-old since his recent noncommittal comments. "I think that we have a history with New Orleans, in that we've tried to do deals with them before and they have a knowledge of our roster and our team and our assets and all that, but other than that, there's absolutely no deals". However, that statement now feels like an eternity away, and with so much going on with Irving right now, we are no longer sure if he intends to keep his word.

"I think that the engagement is still one, as far as I know.... we're still engaged but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st".

Irving - who has been linked with a reunion with former Cavs team-mate LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers - is averaging 23.8 points and seven assists for the Celtics this season. Here are five players who could help the Boston Celtics get through the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the NBA Finals this season.

Irving created a stir last week when he downplayed his long-term commitment to the Celtics, saying "I don't owe anybody s-".

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During the same conversation with reporters, Irving did say the Celtics were "at the head of the race" of teams trying to sign him.

That said, while the engagement is still on for Irving, he seems to be entertaining the idea of marrying another team.

Some pundits have speculated Irving could sign elsewhere this summer, leaving the Celtics in a hard situation.

If the season would have went as smoothly as expected, perhaps Irving's commitment would never have been in doubt but that's not the reality of the situation.

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