Boston Celtics

It’s no secret that Rich Paul, the agent for Anthony Davis (and LeBron James), did everything in his power to get his client traded to the Los Angeles Lakers prior to last week’s trade deadline.

Paul’s efforts to get Davis to the Lakers left the New Orleans Pelicans in a bind that likely left them simply screwing with the Lakers at the end of the day.

But the Boston Celtics believe Paul’s ‘cheap and underhanded’ efforts also included an attempted sabotage of the Celtics by way of a planted story that suggested Kyrie Irving was already on his way out of Boston as a free agent this summer.

From Sean Deveney of the Sporting News:

The Celtics were annoyed by the story of Irving having eyes for New York, not because of Irving, but because they felt the story was planted by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, in order to scare the Pelicans into thinking Boston would back off making a trade offer for Davis in July if Irving left.

“It was cheap and underhanded,” one source told SN.

Yet another rumbling of Irving potentially bolting out of Celtic Green annoyed more than the Boston front office, too, and served as the motivation for what may have been Irving’s most argumentative exchange with reporters regarding his future.

“I’ve spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms [of] making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business,” Irving said at a morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden. “And I don’t owe anybody [expletive].”

It was enough to set off some alarms, but Danny Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich that the C’s and Irving are ‘engaged’ at the moment, and that the sides plan on marry by way of a long-term deal on July 1.