Why Jackie MacMullan doesn't buy ominous Kyrie Irving-Celtics reports


Deep breaths, everyone.

It's been a stressful week for Boston Celtics fans following Anthony Davis' public trade demand, mostly due to a recent report suggesting there's a "growing belief of uncertainty" that Kyrie Irving won't re-sign with the C's this summer.

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Since then, we've heard chatter that Irving could bolt to his hometown New York Knicks or even rekindle an old flame with LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers.

But Jackie MacMullan would like us to slow our roll.

Here's the ESPN writer and longtime Celtics reporter discussing the Irving rumors Tuesday on ESPN's "Around the Horn:"

I will say this: There is some frustration from Kyrie Irving. Of course there is. Because this team is not performing the way he had hoped and he is carrying a huge load, and he doesn’t want to be the James Harden of New England,

OK. But, it’s January. He hasn’t made any kind of seismic decision like that. And let’s say even if he is a little unhappy and a little unsure. Don’t you think bringing Anthony Davis aboard may quell all of those fears or concerns for Kyrie Irving? So, I don’t put any stock in it. Sorry.

MacMullan also suggested Davis' agent, Rich Paul -- who also represents James -- played a role in spreading reports of Irving's potential departure as a way to drive Davis to L.A. instead of Boston.

"Gee, I wonder where this report came from?" MacMullan noted sarcastically. "Let me think about that. Does it have anything to do with Rich Paul, who often -- I don't know, maybe."

In fact, the entire "Around the Horn" panel agreed with MacMullan: Why would Irving relinquish a leadership role on a young team that's endured growing pains but still has championship potential -- and would be a top suitor for Davis this offseason?

Since only Irving knows the answer to that question, Celtics fans will continue to sweat as the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline nears.

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