Danny Ainge remains confident of the Boston Celtics' odds of re-signing Kyrie Irving this offseason. Ainge compared the situation to an engagement leading to a marriage.

"The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie's announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage," Ainge said on Boston sports radio 98.5 The Sports Hub. "And I think that it's more like an engagement. And we're going to get married on July 1st. I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know.

"In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we're still engaged but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st."

The Celtics traded for Irving in August of 2017 from the Cleveland Cavaliers.