Kyrie Irving rumors: Are Celtics being put in guards rearview mirror? – WEEI

Kyrie Irving rumors: Are Celtics being put in guard\s rearview mirror? - WEEI
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Some Boston Celtics fans may be happy to hear that Kyrie Irving is breaking the promise that he made before the start of the season. It appears that the point guard will not be returning to the C’s.

“The latest that I’ve heard is that it’s between Brooklyn and the Lakers,” Bucher said… Now, everything that I’ve heard, I’d still expect that Kyrie is going to Brooklyn — that’s the odds-on favorite. … And if we’re going to continue our real estate (game), he just bought a place in South Orange (New Jersey).”

Well, the Kyrie Irving trade was definitely a failure. The Celtics will probably be better without Irving. This is one of the first trades in a while that has backfired on Danny Ainge.

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Irving’s time in Boston will be looked at with extreme scrutiny. It looked like he was going to be the face of the franchise for years to come. He is now just giving up on the team.

Kyrie Irving rumors: Are Celtics being put in guards rearview mirror?

This was Irving’s chance to prove that he could win on his own. He finally got out of the shadow of LeBron James.

Kyrie proved that he can’t win on his own. Wherever he goes he will need someone else to be the No.1 guy if he wants to win a championship.

The worst-case scenario for Boston Celtics fans would be if Irving decided to go to the Lakers. All of Boston would hate him.

My preference has always been for the Celtics to re-sign Irving and pair him with another established star player. Playing alongside someone on his level might help keep his attitude in check.

First off he would be going to the Celtics fiercest rival. No matter what the Lakers and Celtics will hate one another. This would instantly heat up the rivalry to an all-time high.

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Then Irving would also be going back to his best buddy LeBron. He will return to him beaten and prove that James was the reason that Cleveland was able to win.

But what if cranky-pants doesn’t mesh with that star player? Do we really want to suffer through another season like last year?

So goodbye Kyrie Irving. I wish I could say that it was fun having you in Boston, but it couldn’t have gone any worse.

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The latest that I’ve heard is that it’s between Brooklyn and the Lakers. And I’ve heard that the Lakers and Kobe Bryant – now Kobe told me, or indicated to me, that he was not involved. That he was, Hey, that’s their deal. I’m not part of it.’ But I was told in the last 24 hours, Kobe has been busy recruiting Kyrie, in particular, to try to get him to the Lakers.

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It sure would be a huge story if Kyrie was to join back up with LeBron James at the Lakers after the way it all went down in Cleveland. The Lakers have been searching for that second big-name player to playing alongside the four-time MVP but have so far failed to secure one. This would be a massive signing and something that could turn this team into a playoffs side and maybe a possible contender.

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Once the Boston Celtics bowed out of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks, almost everyone realizes that this would be the last we see of Kyrie Irving in green. It looks almost certain that once the off-season hits, Kyrie will be looking elsewhere to continue his career.

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According to Bleacher Reports Ric Bucher, Irvings free agency options have been narrowed down to just two, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, Bucher appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd where he spoke about the rumors involving Kyrie.

Per a report from Basketball Insiders Steve Kyler, the Boston Celtics are actively exploring trades and draft scenarios that will allow them to build around wings Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in light of their skepticism that theyll be able to re-sign point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving, who is set to become a free agent on June 30, has been strongly linked to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

As CelticsWire has noted before, Bostons best move could be pivoting their focus away from re-signing Irving and investing in a future that sees young players like Tatum and Brown becoming the centerpieces for the team.

The NBA free agency is set to begin on the 30th of June, shortly after that, we will hopefully know where Kyrie Irving will be playing next season.

While there are usually games of smokes and mirrors being played in the offseason, causing many to view rumors with a grain of salt, theres plenty of evidence that Irving is no longer completely committed to the Celtics. In fact, Boston may no longer even be in the top-three of his preferred destinations this offseason, let alone the favorite to have Irving in uniform in 2019-20.

The Celtics will still do whatever they can to tempt Kyrie into staying in Boston but it certainly looks very unlikely.

At this point is seems like Irving is ready to leave the Celtics whether Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant joins him or not. The latest reports paint the Nets and Lakers, two team able (and willing) to sign Irving without Durant as the favorites to sign Irving.

According to @RicBucher, Kyrie Irving has narrowed down his possible free agency destinations to the Lakers and Nets.

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Irvings reputation took a hit in 2018-19 despite him having his best career season and the 27-year-old seemed to lack joy for much of the season. Though Boston was seen as a championship-contender and indeed boasted one of the most talented rosters in the NBA, they were underachievers who fell victim to inexperience, inconsistency and internal competition.

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There should be no question of why Irving wants to leave, to be frank, which increases the likelihood that hell go.

That said, Brown and Tatum — who the Celtics selected with the third overall pick in back-to-back drafts — have shown that they can lead a team as close to the NBA Finals as Irving had, if not further. Irving was undoubtedly the most talented player on the team last season and made Boston a tougher team to beat.

However, Irving and Tatum were a 1-2 punch with a lot of jump shots and finesse in their game. A dynamic that could work well and has, for duos like Portlands Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum or Golden States Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but one that didnt often benefit Boston last season.

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Too often did the Celtics opt to take a jumper, even ill-advised attempts, rather than taking the ball to the rim and challenging the interior of their opponents defense. As a result, when the going got tough, they couldnt get easy baskets or points and would only exacerbate their issues; like in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Furthermore, with Irvings streetball style of ball-handling, plenty of players were left ball-watching rather than moving off-ball and disrupting the defense; which isnt any fault of Irvings but a factor to note.

Brown, an aggressive and athletic swingman with a prototypical NBA body, is a player whose style bodes well for Boston moving forward.

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Hes one of the lone Celtics who will attack the paint fearlessly, softening up the interior of the defense and improving the teams chances of drawing fouls throughout the game (per Basketball Reference, Boston ranked 29th in the league last season with 19.5 free-throw attempts per game). Further, though he isnt known for his ball-movement or court vision, hes not a high usage player like Irving and naturally allows the Celtics to play with a more balanced attack.

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Lastly, assuming Irvings departure causes Boston to re-sign soon-to-be restricted free agent Terry Rozier, the Celtics perimeter defense will prove with Rozier manning the one.

Removing Irving from the starting lineup allows pieces to fit better around each other and increases their ability to dominate in every facet of the game except scoring in isolation. If the Celtics are skeptical theyll re-sign Irving, they shouldnt sweat it.

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