Celtics 'almost' resigned to losing Kyrie Irving in free agency, actively shopping first-round draft picks, per report
The Celtics have a lot of decisions on the table this summer
The Boston Celtics that were supposed to be a title contender for years to come could be breaking apart before our eyes.
Speaking on ESPN's "Get Up" Tuesday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski said the Celtics are "really concerned, almost to the point of resignation, that Kyrie Irving is going to leave them. It changes the dynamic."
In addition, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe is reporting that Irving has "ghosted" the Celtics in recent weeks and have had "little, if any, communication."
The natural question is whether Irving's presumed departure will trigger other moves. On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Al Horford is declining his $30.1 million player option and plans to become an unrestricted free agent. At first the report was that Horford and the Celtics intended to work out a long-term extension at a lower annual price, but on Tuesday Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald reported that those talks had broken down and that Horford will now be looking to sign a deal elsewhere.
Another decision: What to do with Terry Rozier, who is a restricted free agent and will likely garner pretty decent offers. Does Boston match and retain Rozier given the assumed point guard vacancy left by Irving? At what price?
Another unknown: What to do with in Thursday's NBA Draft. Boston, as of now, owns picks Nos. 14, 20 and 22, and per Wojnarowski, they "don't want to have three rookies on the team."
"You can expect one way or another, at least one, maybe two of those picks end up somewhere else," Wojnarowski said.
The options would be to trade up in the draft, perhaps packaging two, or even all, of those picks for a top-10 pick that would be more impactful as the lone new first-rounder on next season's roster, or they could package those picks for an established star in keeping with their championship pursuit. The Celtics have the ammunition to, who is only 25 years old, is under contract for two years, and would keep Boston firmly in the championship conversation.
Indeed, a lot of decisions are on Boston's plate, and there isn't a ton of time to make them.
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