Kyrie Irving Rumors: Celtics Think PG Re-Signs If They Trade for Anthony Davis

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

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The door isn't closed on Kyrie Irving returning to the Boston Celtics, though it could depend on what happens with Anthony Davis this offseason. 

Per The Athletic's Frank Isola, sources are under the impression Celtics president Danny Ainge "believes" he can re-sign Irving if the team acquires Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans' situation took a dramatic turn Tuesday night when they won the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft lottery. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium noted Davis' "stance on a trade has not changed" after the lottery results were announced. 

Davis originally requested a trade in January, but the Pelicans were unable to find a deal that enticed them prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

Boston was unable to make an offer for Davis during the season because of NBA rules prohibiting teams from having two players who signed deals under the Designated Player Rookie Extension. 

The Athletic's Sam Amick reported in February that Jayson Tatum will be "a major part" of any discussions between the Celtics and Pelicans for Davis this summer. 

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast (h/t CBS Sports' Chris Bengel) the door has "been cracked open" for Irving to re-team with LeBron James and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers

Irving has a $21.3 million player option for next season, per Spotrac. The six-time All-Star can sign a new deal worth up to $189.7 million over five years if he stays in Boston or $140.6 million over four years if he goes to another team.

The Celtics could be tempted to make bold moves this summer after a disappointing 2018-19 season. They were eliminated from the postseason by losing four straight games following a Game 1 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

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