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To trade or not to trade? That’s Danny Ainge’s dilemma as deadline day approaches....

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NBA Silly Season is in full swing and 2019 is the year of Anthony Davis. Where will he land? Will the Pelicans hang on to him until the off-season?

Danny Ainge says the Boston Celtics are set to trade everything for AD, with or without Kyrie Irving.

Say, what?

So, Danny Ainge is now acknowledging that the Celtics’ front office will not know about Kyrie Irving’s future until July 1st.

“I talk to Kyrie all the time. My feelings have not changed. I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston,” Ainge told Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. “But we won’t know anything until July.” - Danny Ainge on Kyrie Irving

Yahoo! Sports reports that sources are saying the “uncertainty” surrounding Irving’s future is now mounting. Ric Butcher adds insult to injury by reporting that Kyrie has shown interest in teaming up with old new old/new (?) pal, LeBron James. Apparently James and Irving have reunited via a conciliatory phone call from Kyrie, apologizing for being “that young player”

“I had to call Bron, and tell him I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that.”

On Sunday, LeBron James broke his silence on the subject. Of course The King had to make his voice heard on Super Bowl Sunday. James would not remark on the phone call that took place nearly a month earlier until finally being pinned down and saying, “Yeah, we’re in a good place right now,” James told The Athletic Saturday night. “Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now. I love the man that he’s becoming, I love the challenges he’s accepted and I always wish the best for him.”

In LeBron and Kyrie’s “big brother, little brother” relationship, James went on to compliment Kyrie on his handling of the situation, one Kyrie created, in New York last Friday.

“He handled it great,” James said. “His post interview was great as well. Just a lot of things that’s going on in our league right now, and the one thing you want to focus on is getting that team to place where he wanted it to be, and that’s competing for a championship.”

Why wouldn’t LeBron be “proud” of Kyrie? If eyes were shut, listening to Irving retract his earlier promise to Celtics’ fans, you’d almost think you were listening to big bro ‘Bron talking to the Cleveland media in 2010 or 2018.

Big bro mentors the little bro and prodigal son comes home? We won’t know if LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are to reunite in the off-season but the beat goes on and the rumors continue to swirl

This leaves the Boston Celtics in unknown territory. When was the last time a star wanted to leave Boston? Cedric Maxwell? Ray Allen? Not many come to mind…

So, with the Celtics in a very rare, vulnerable situation, what does Danny Ainge do? Does he wait it out and roll the dice on Irving re-signing OR does he take a swing at shipping Kyrie out of town before having him flea in the off-season with no compensation in return?

Danny Ainge has quite the dilemma, at least until Thursday.

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