Kyrie Irving has ‘low’ probability to return to Boston, hasn’t ruled out Knicks or any other suitors
Kyrie Irving has now become more unlikely to return to the Boston Celtics, as there is a “low” probability to return to Bean Town after a disappointing end to the postseason. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, Irving has yet to rule out the New York Knicks or other suitors, despite recent rumors of the Brooklyn Nets surfacing as the frontrunners for his services.
“His plans/desires today may not be the same as they are on June 30,” wrote Begley. “With that said, in recent days, people around Irving have described the probability of him returning to Boston as a free agent as low. Those around Irving also said recently that he hasn’t ruled out teams — including the Knicks — as possible destinations for him this summer, per SNY sources.”
It’s likely that Irving will have to decide between either New York-based team when it comes to his free agency, with other teams out west like the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers, having slimmer chances to acquire him.
The Knicks will have enough cap space to sign two max free agents this summer, and as it sits right now, they are the favorites to sign Kevin Durant, which could likely attract Irving to come on board.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported on Tuesday that Irving was leaning toward joining the Nets, which would likely means the Knicks will have to find a different co-star for Durant.
As for the Celtics, losing Irving could also alter their quest for Anthony Davis, as they could choose to bolster their current roster instead of blowing it all up in favor of another superstar talent, who has yet to commit to staying long-term.