Boston Exec: "Engagement" Between Kyrie Irving and Celtics Is Still On

Danny Ainge: Celtics, Kyrie Irving Getting

Danny Ainge: Celtics, Kyrie Irving Getting "Married" On July First

"I think a lot of people because of Kyrie's announcement at the beginning of the year thought that there was a marriage", Ainge told the hosts (H/T ESPN).

"I think that the engagement is still one, as far as I know.... we're still engaged but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st".

Irving further pushed the "breakup" narrative when he said last week he'd do what's best for his career, telling reporters "I don't owe anybody s-".

This might be enough to make some National Basketball Association executives sweat, especially with Irving's future perhaps playing a huge role in Boston's expected pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis this offseason. That's just where it stands.

Kyrie Irving is "going to get married" to the Boston Celtics on July 1 despite recent speculation over his future, according to Danny Ainge. The Celtics' hopes of landing the star - possibly by including Jayson Tatum in an offer after the season - were buoyed when Davis, a friend of Irving, stayed put at the trade deadline. Nonetheless, that Ainge still has confidence in Irving's willingness to sign a max contract with Boston bodes well for the Celtics; he's likely in contact with Irving almost as much as anyone who has a bead on what his future free agency plans are.

Despite Irving's comments, Ainge apparently feels the Celtics haven't lost that top spot. As he expressed, he and his superstar point guard are in constant communication, and there has been no indication of Irving's intentions of signing with another team once he becomes a free agent in the offseason. However, last week, he chalked that statement up to "excitement" and "feeling emotionally invested" at that time. Here are five players who could help the Boston Celtics get through the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the NBA Finals this season. However, he remains confident the group can find consistency and play to its potential.