With the Boston Celtics being eliminated from the playoffs, their focus immediately shifts to this offseason where Irvings free agency is looming over their future.
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But it has also been reported the Lakers are being considered as a possible destination for the six-time All-Star.
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“I got a text message from folks close to Kyries family within the hour as we were teasing the subject.
“I dont give a damn what anybody says, note that down for us right now please. He aint going to L.A., thats what they said.
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“I think that would make them final four in the Western Conference, meaning theyd at very least get to the Conference semi-finals.
“His people in his inner circle are trying to bring the Nets into the mix, but clearly New York is the destination.
The Pelicans will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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“The likelihood is that it will be MSG and I am told James Dolan himself has basically whatever the hell you want.
“I dont know whether thats true or not, neither Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving are talking about these things but Im talking about what the belief is: They are destined to go to MSG.”
The New York Knicks struck out on the draft lottery Tuesday evening, but there still lies plenty of hope in free agency, where the Knicks are expected to be major players for several top-target free agents.
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The most notable of these targets are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whose connection with the Knicks have been spread for months now. But for the pair of stars, do their hearts lie in the Knicks, or does it lie in New York?
According to a quote by the New York Times’ Marc Stein, they might be just as inclined to sign with the Nets as they will for the Knicks.
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While its possible that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving play together in 2019, the New York Knicks are reportedly not the only option. Marc Stein of the New York Times said Tuesday that the Brooklyn Nets are also in play for the All-Star duo. [Durant and Irving] might be a package deal, but theyre going to look at the Nets just as hard as the Knicks, Stein said on the Stephen A Smith Show.
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The Nets have come a long way since the failed Paul Pierce, Kevin Garrnet experiment. Through a series of moves, they have built a solid roster around D’Angelo Russell and made the playoff last season as a 6th seed.
With enough cap-space, the Nets can make a very compelling case to their respective free agents. We should not count them out of the race for the top stars, including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.