Celtics reportedly accuse Rich Paul of planting story about Kyrie Irving’s future

Lucy Burdge
February 15, 2019 - 8:34 am

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone but the drama that resulted is still unfolding.

Anthony Davis was the center of said drama, along with his agent, Rich Paul, who tried unsuccessfully to force a Davis trade from New Orleans to Los Angeles to join LeBron James, another of his clients.

When the Celtics reportedly made it clear they wanted the Pelicans to wait until the summer to trade Davis, Paul got creative.

And now the Celtics are reportedly accusing him of planting the story that Kyrie Irving no longer wanted to sign a long-term deal with the Celtics in the summer and was looking to join the Knicks.

According to Sean Deveney of the Sports News, the Celtics are “annoyed” by this move, with a source calling it “cheap and underhanded.”

While Ainge denied the claims, the timing of Irving’s “ask me July 1st” comment is coincidental.

Irving will be a free agent this summer so he has some time to decide.