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Where Will Kyrie Irving Play Next Season?

Kyrie Irving Free Agency Betting Odds May 9

In any NBA superstar’s career, there will be ups and downs that could define their future with their team but if you’re Kyrie Irving, your future with the Boston Celtics is very much in doubt. The point guard has been, for lack of a better word, “guarded” about his future with the Celtics, which is why oddsmakers have already placed the Brooklyn Nets as overwhelming favorites to land him in free agency this summer.

Online sportsbook Bovada has listed the Nets at -550 faves followed by the Los Angeles Lakers (+250), New York Knicks (+1100), Boston Celtics (+2000), Los Angeles Clippers (+4000), Phoenix Suns (+7500) and Dallas Mavericks (+15000) to round out the field. 

Let’s look at his potential suitors and project how Irving’s free agency will shake out:

Too Much Smoke To Dismiss The Nets

You don’t need to do much research on the internets to find out that Kyrie Irving grew up in New Jersey and has mentioned in interviews about how it would be cool to play in the Tri-State area. Is that enough to bank on him going to the Nets? Well, oddsmakers seem to think so because they have Brooklyn as the -550 fave now to nab the all-star.

The Nets have two max salary slots for free agents and could pair Irving and another free agent (ahem, Kevin Durant). They also have other foundational players like guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert and center Jarrett Allen, all of them on reasonable contracts going forward.

Celtics and Irving’s Marriage Is Likely Over

The writing was on the wall during the regular season when Kyrie Irving was standoffish to the media about his intentions to re-sign with the Celtics and after four straight games of shooting less than 35 percent from the floor in the playoffs, his exit from Beantown is all but sealed. The media can be quite unforgiving in Boston and his boasting of his playoff prowess and how he could lead the Celtics’ younger players to the promised land feels quite hollow after his lackluster performance vs the Bucks.

The Celtics were one bad quarter away from making the NBA Finals WITHOUT Irving and Gordon Hayward during the 2018 playoffs and GM Danny Ainge knows a change is needed for this roster that was pegged to roll through the East in 2018-19. With Kemba Walker expected to sign there and Marcus Smart already signed long term, Boston has likely moved on from Irving so taking them at +2000 would be a foolish bet.

Is La-La Land Calling for Irving?

The under-the-radar storyline throughout the NBA season was that Kyrie Irving and LeBron James seemed to have made amends after their fallout in Cleveland and could potentially pair up in Los Angeles with the Lakers. The Lake Show made a huge splash by trading nearly the entire roster to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis and now has cap space for a third max salary slot.

I’m not sold the Lakers will go that route because they literally only have four roster players at this point and it would be wise for them to spread that money around on key roster pieces. That being said, this is the Lakers we’re talking about and if they were able to persuade Kyrie to play in the purple and gold, Los Angeles would be an undeniable favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA championship.

As for the Clippers, I just don’t buy it. They love Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and they already have a guard at a reasonable contract in Lou Williams who can make tough perimeter shots. They technically have two max salary cap slots so anything is possible but they seem more keyed in on signing Kawhi Leonard to add to their core. 

What do you think? Is Irving going to go to Brooklyn or will he head to the West Coast? Have your say in the comments.

What Team Will Kyrie Irving Play For In The 2019-20 NBA Season?
  • Brooklyn Nets -550
  • Los Angeles Lakers +250
  • New York Knicks +1100
  • Boston Celtics +2000
  • Los Angeles Clippers +4000
  • Phoenix Suns +7500
  • Dallas Mavericks +15000
Odds as of June 28 at Bovada

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