Boston Celtics

If you’re unsure how to describe the situation between the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving — with Irving unable to make a long-term commitment to the Celtics until July when he officially opts out of his contract with the C’s — let Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge swoop in with the perfect description.

“The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie’s announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that there was a marriage,” Ainge said in a Friday interview with Toucher and Rich. “And I think that it’s more like an engagement. And we’re going to get married on July 1st.

“I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know.”

The last part seems reassuring, especially in the wake of an agitated Kyrie pulling no punches on his future when he held court with the media in New York last Friday. And remains the case for Ainge and Celtics, in his mind, after what he called a ‘good conversation’ with the interesting-yet-confusing guard earlier in the week.

“In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we’re still engaged,” said Ainge. “But we really can’t make those vows, sign that contract, until July 1st.”

You can listen to the full interview below.