Rumors of Kyrie Irving's exit from Boston have been rampant. After a let-down season in which Irving continuously called out his teammates and disappeared in the playoffs, many expect Uncle Drew's run with the Celtics to be over.
Although the team is still interested in retaining their star point guard, there have been reports that they are currently exploring trades to build around their young tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and if that's the case, based on what we saw this year, there has to be little chance Kyrie returns if this is the plan Danny Ainge wants to follow through with.
There are a lot of different paths that the Celtics could possibly take this offseason, but this is arguably their best idea yet. At 21 and 22 years old, Tatum and Brown are two of the most promising young players in the league and have been battle tested in their short career. It was just a season ago that the tandem led the team to a Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 in Irving and Gordon Hayward's absence.
Additionally, we saw how the ball moved much less fluidly this year with Irving running the Celtics' offense. Boston was all about distributing the ball and getting the open shot, and fans saw a noticeable difference this year, with both Tatum and Brown taking a step back as a result.
If this is indeed the plan, it's more than likely C's fans can say goodbye to the possibility of landing Anthony Davis.
Many may have forgotten, but these are two of the best young stars in the game. If they can get back on track next season with the right pieces alongside them, then the Celtics could be on their way to returning to the NBA Finals.