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NBA executive thinks East playoffs are going to have a big impact on what happens this summer in free agency

Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving

An anonymous NBA executive thinks the 2019 playoffs are going to have a massive impact on what happens this summer in free agency, especially in the Eastern Conference, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, Philadelphia 76ers small forward Jimmy Butler and Toronto Raptors swingman Kawhi Leonard will become unrestricted free agents this summer.

The three All-Stars will likely see how their respective teams do in the playoffs and take that into consideration when they make their free-agency decisions:

“There’s a lot riding on the playoffs in the East,” one executive told SN. “Because a lot of these decisions from the players’ standpoint and the teams’ standpoint are going to be impacted by who wins and who loses.”

Golden State Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will also become free agents this summer. Golden State, however, is expected to win the championship in June.

All signs point toward Thompson and the Warriors coming to terms on a long-term extension, while there have been multiple reports claiming Durant will look to embark on a new challenge elsewhere.

Durant and Irving have been linked to joining the New York Knicks together. People around the NBA believe Leonard will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Butler, meanwhile, could stay with the Sixers or take his talents to the Brooklyn Nets, who will have cap space to sign a max contract player.