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Who The Celtics Think "Planted" The Kyrie Irving Story

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Kyrie Irving #11 of Team Lebron warms up prior to the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics reportedly believe someone "planted" a story about Kyrie Irving wanting out at the end of the season. That person is connected to LeBron James.

Sporting News is reporting that the Celtics were "annoyed" with the Irving story a couple of weeks ago, which claimed that the star point guard had his eyes set on New York.

Boston reportedly believes that story was planted by Rich Paul, the agent for LeBron James (and Anthony Davis, whom both the Lakers and Celtics want).

From the report:

Less subtle in his annoyance was Irving last week, after the Knicks had completed the deal to clear out cap space. Speculation turned immediately to the two players the Knicks were likely to target, and Irving (a free agent in the summer) was at the top of the list.

The Celtics were annoyed by the story of Irving having eyes for New York, not because of Irving, but because they felt the story was planted by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, in order to scare the Pelicans into thinking Boston would back off making a trade offer for Davis in July if Irving left.

"It was cheap and underhanded," one source told SN.

Irving, meanwhile, has backed off his "I'm planning on re-signing in Boston" claim that was made before the season during a season ticket holders event.

"I spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do," Irving said earlier in the month, "in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate myself through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business. And I don’t owe anybody s—."

It's going to be a fun summer, that's for sure.