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Celtics on Kyrie Irving’s list of preferred teams

Recently dismissed Cavaliers general manager David Griffin thinks that Kyrie Irving is going to be traded this offseason. Going by his comments on ESPN’s “The Jump” Monday, it seems he thinks that trade could be to Boston. 

Per a transcription by Yahoo! Sports’ Ben Rohrbach, Griffin said that Irving has a list of teams to which he’d like to be traded. In both mentions of that list, Griffin referred to the Celtics and Spurs. 

Irving, 25, is entering the third year of a five-year, $90 million contract. If the Celtics were to swing a trade for him, it would likely signal the end of Isaiah Thomas’ time with the C’s. 

 The call by NBA players and coaches for a shorter preseason slate of games has been answered. 

Usually a seven or eight-game affair, the Boston Celtics’ four-game preseason schedule begins Oct. 2 at the TD Garden against the Charlotte Hornets. 

The Celtics will alternate home and away games against the Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers who will host Boston for a 7 p.m. Oct. 6 matchup followed by the Celtics hosting the Sixers and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz on Oct. 9 at the TD Garden. 

Boston’s preseason schedule ends on Oct. 11 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. 

All of the Celtics’ preseason matchups will be televised on Comcast SportsNet with Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine calling the games with sideline reporter Abby Chin and Kyle Draper along with A. Sherrod Blakely providing all of CSN New England’s pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the preseason.

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has pronounced himself ready for training camp after resting and rehabbing his injured hip and, while conducting his basketball camp at Boston University Saturday, he welcomed Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts, who presented I.T. with an autographed pair of shoes.

Here’s a photo of I.T.’s gift autographed by Mookie, via Thomas’ Instagram page:

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