Report: Kyrie Irving has 'essentially ghosted' the Celtics ahead of free agency

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Anyone who's been abandoned in a decent dating app conversation has felt the Celtics' pain. Kyrie Irving has reportedly pulled a Tinder on the team, driving another stake in their chances of keeping the star point guard around.

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe kicked off a list of thoughts and observations on the Celtics with a discouraging nugget on Irving and his conversations (or lack thereof) with the team ahead of the start of free agency on July 1. Himmelsbach says "it appears [Irving] has essentially ghosted on the Celtics." There's been "little, if any, communication" between the two sides in recent weeks. That's a pretty direct contradiction to a recent report that Irving would meet with the team to discuss his future.

Just in case you're unfamiliar with the ol' millennial lingo, "ghosting" is a relatively new term for suddenly cutting off communication with another person or entity without explanation. It's common among people trying to build or maintain relationships though social media or dating apps like Tinder. Ever felt like you had something good going with a potential partner, only to never hear from them again out of nowhere? You done been ghosted.

"Ghosting" was even added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2017.

It's been complicated between Irving and the Celtics since late January, when he hijacked Super Bowl week by telling reporters to "Ask me July 1" when it comes to his future in Boston. Well, it appears that he will be jilting the C's in favor of the Brooklyn Nets at that time.

Perhaps that's what you want. So in that case, this is a case of ghosting that would come as a massive relief. And at the same time, considering Kyrie's behavior over the last five months, this is among the least surprising news of the season.

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