Last month Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck shared that many NBA executives believe that Irving and Kevin Durant will end up in the Knicks:
“If you want rumors and predictions, they’re not hard to find in this gossipy league.
Rival executives will tell you, without hesitation, that Durant is bound for the Knicks; that Irving is likely to join him; that Leonard likes the Clippers; that Butler might choose the Lakers-unless he chooses the Nets.
Of course, they all might stay put. (Well, except for Durant. Virtually everyone believes he’s leaving the Warriors.) No one knows for sure. Predictions are flimsy.”
Not too long ago the Celtics were considered NBA Championship contenders, Irving and Gordon Hayward were healthy and they were added to a young, talented team that made the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
Irving’s focus and leadership in the playoffs was questioned, particularly in the second round series against the Bucks. The star point guard averaged 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 36.7 minutes over nine playoff games but he shot just 38.5 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from 3-point range.
Ryen Russillo reported on The Bill Simmons podcast that Irving may want to team up with Kevin Durant on the Knicks but doesn’t want to be Robin to Durant’s Batman. Sometimes rumors are true, like what happened with LeBron James and the Lakers last years but other times a free agent can change his mind, like Paul George did when he decided to re-sign with the Thunder.
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The Nets will be an attractive free agent destination in the summer and according to a SportsNet New York report, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Tobias Harris will at least consider signing with them:
“Several league sources have told SNY that top-tier free agents, including Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Tobias Harris, will at least consider Brooklyn this upcoming July when it’s time to find their next home – if they decide to leave. “”Making the playoffs definitely helped their chances,” one source said.”