UPDATE (Wednesday, 11:57 a.m.): Kyrie Irving made it official, deciding he is not going to decide into his $21.three million contract with the Boston Celtics for subsequent season, making the guard a free agent.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant’s Achilles tendon harm may have a major influence on 2019 NBA free company normally — and on Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving particularly.
And will the Durant harm lead to Irving staying with the Celtics?
That’s one chance floated by The Boston Globe:
As for the Celtics, they’ll make Irving a most provide, and maybe their case will get stronger with Irving realizing that Durant is both 1. not going to be wholesome for at the least a yr and a pair of. maybe contemplating returning to Golden State. If Irving is aware of the probabilities of taking part in with Durant are distant, possibly he considers staying in Boston, the place the probabilities of profitable are larger than in New York.
So in the long run, the Knicks may nonetheless wind up being horrible subsequent season — even after all of the handwringing about whether or not they may land Durant.
However what concerning the Nets?
Right here’s the Globe with extra on the place they may consider with the Irving sweepstakes:
As for Brooklyn, the query is whether or not the Nets can be occupied with bringing in Irving (which suggests they might probably resign All-Star D’Angelo Russell) and Lengthy Island native Tobias Harris, who can be being pursued by the 76ers. Would the Nets need Irving as their free agent centerpiece with out Durant or would they only select to re-sign Russell, a restricted free agent who’s 4 years youthful than Irving, and pursue a much-needed small ahead? Durant’s harm fully adjustments the potential of a Durant-Irving free agent package deal, maybe leaving Irving on an island to signal with a group by himself.
It was already going to be an enchanting free company interval within the NBA this summer season. Durant’s Achilles tendon harm — and the probability that he received’t play in any respect subsequent season — solely makes issues extra intriguing, at the same time as it’s a brutal blow for him.
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