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Report: Celtics confident in re-signing Kyrie Irving and willing to make “major offer” for Anthony Davis

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Pairing the two superstars seems to be Plan A for Danny Ainge.

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Tonight’s Woj burp and report from the Herald’s Steve Bulpett is more of the same thing we’ve been hearing heading towards Thursday’s trade deadline: the Celtics are confident that Kyrie Irving will re-sign and if the opportunity is there this summer, Danny Ainge will make a significant offer for Anthony Davis. First, here’s ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s late night check-in with the AD sweepstakes:

Earlier in the day, Woj reported that the Celtics were not included on a short list of teams that Davis’ would consider re-signing with. The list included the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Milwaukee Bucks, three teams that conspicuously don’t have the assets to make a strong offer for Davis anyway. However, his league sources are telling him that 1) Ainge has contacted GM Dell Demps and assured him that they’ll be aggressive in their pursuit for Davis regardless of his current feelings toward Boston, 2) Ainge is confident that Irving will re-sign, and 3) New Orleans is enticed by a package that could include Jayson Tatum and the Celtics’ war chest of first round picks.

Woj’s report supports Bulpett’s inside scoop. The lede is that Ainge is not fielding offers for the All-Star:

Said one general manager, “Boston’s not taking calls on Kyrie. That was made pretty clear.”

Bulpett reiterates the ongoing talks between the Celtics and Pelicans and Ainge’s potential gamble of trading for Davis in his final year of his current contract. Bulpett also confirms a suspicion that I’ve had since all this drama started last week: Kyrie doesn’t want to be used as a pawn.

After publicly (and humbly) telling a crowd of season ticket holders in October that he’s planning on re-signing in Boston, he has not spoken about his free agency since, or at least not until the lead up towards the trade deadline. But after his name came up in conjunction with Davis and LeBron James, Bulpett writes, “the Celts believe Irving was simply disturbed that sources believed to be tied into Davis’ attempt to be moved to the Lakers now had brought him into the picture.”