It is no secret that the 2018-2019 season was just a crushing one for the Boston Celtics. Yes, they made it to the second round, and yes, they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks with ease in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
But it would end terribly after they would lose the next four games and go into the offseason with more questions than answers.
Many experts expect Kyrie Irving to bolt in free agency, and it seems as if Danny Ainge wouldn’t exactly lose sleep over that.
During a recent appearance on Colin Cowherd’s podcast, NBA insider Jeff Goodman pretty much implied the Celtics President of Basketball Operations wouldn’t be unhappy if Irving leaves the franchise.
“I’d be surprised if he stays in Boston,” Goodman said. “You see his body language. You hear enough smoke, you know something’s going on here. Obviously, Kyrie’s kinda moody, he’s got a tight inner circle. So, I’m not sure how much validity some of (the rumors have), but again, I don’t expect him to be in Boston. “You could see it in the locker room and with his teammates, that they almost don’t know how to take to Kyrie Irving. I’ve known him a long time and, honestly, he’s become tough to like. … I’m not sure how many people in Boston — including Danny Ainge — would be that unhappy if Kyrie Irving leaves.”
There were just too many things going on during the season, whether it was on the court or in the media that pointed to this team needing a revamp in order to compete next season. That means somebody from the current squad needs to go.