Danny Ainge has expressed he had an idea Kyrie Irving was leaving the Celtics before the point guard officially announced he was signing with Brooklyn. Ainge said he had a “pretty good idea” around March or April, though he was “not certain.”
According to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Ainge was certain after Irving’s exit interview. She’s reporting that’s when the point guard told the Celtics president of basketball operations he was leaving Boston.
By then, Irving knew he was picking the Nets over the Knicks.
Also, MacMullan’s report indicates teammates from all of Irving’s stops — Cleveland, Boston and, already, Brooklyn — have witnessed his “infamous mood swings.” And they’re already making Nets officials “queasy.” Apparently, an incident took place in China, and he left everyone “scratching their heads.”