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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving reacts during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Charlotte won 104-97. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Kyrie Irving dropped a bombshell on the basketball world Thursday when he announced he planned on re-signing with the Boston Celtics next summer, and he made sure his teammates weren’t caught off guard.

That’s because he had given Celtics players a heads-up when he invited them to his house Wednesday, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg.

Boston center Al Horford said:

“It was a very nice surprise. Just his commitment to the organization, and a sense that we can put all the speculation behind us and focus on the season. That was very big of him to do something like that.

“I personally would never come up and try to talk to him about it. At the end of the day, it’s his decision and whatever he wants to do. But, yeah, we heard the speculation and everything. That was definitely out there, and you wonder what was going to happen. I think he understands what we’re building here and the potential that is here.”

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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