Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Mar 8, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles in the third quarter against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
- Kyrie Irving is set to hit free agency next summer, and one sportsbook has posted odds on where he will land.
- The Celtics are favored to keep him, but at +105, Kyrie remaining in Boston is anything but a lock.
- The Knicks and Nets are the next most likely landing spots at +250 and +350, respectively.
Somewhat buried among all the LeBron hullabaloo and other NBA drama is the fact that Kyrie Irving’s future in Boston is anything but a guarantee. The star point guard has a player option for the 2019-20 season, but much like most other star players, he is expected to forego that and become a free agent. Although an extension with Boston at that time is definitely a possibility, recent reports state that the Knicks and Nets will be driving hard to the bucket (basketball pun) to try to land Irving.
As is the case with most things nowadays, you can bet on what Kyrie’s future holds.
Even though the Celtics are favored, the +105 odds suggest there’s a slightly greater chance he’s not a Celtic following the upcoming season.
With LeBron out of the Eastern Conference, the Celtics surely want to keep their core together for as long as possible. The combination of veteran stars such as Irving, Al Horford and the hobbled Gordon Hayward along with youngsters such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown could help them string together several championship runs in the foreseeable future. Without Irving, those chances take a huge hit, and we know that winning championships might not be his number one priority considering his trade request out of The Land™.
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At +250, the Knicks have the second-best odds to land Irving. The Knicks were linked to him when he was being shopped last season, and some believe that Irving isn’t the only player who could land in New York next year. With other stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and potentially Kevin Durant hitting the open market, the Knicks have a chance to put together a little super team of their own. Then again, the Knicks always have been and always will be somewhat of a laughingstock …
The rumors surrounding the Nets (+350) are similar to those regarding the Knicks. They’ll have money and will be willing to spend it in droves to start up a little somethin’ somethin’ in Brooklyn.
At +400, the field is a viable option. Anything could happen over the next 10 months, and surely plenty of other teams will want to lure such a talented player.
And then there’s the Pelicans at +1000. A quick Google search brings up essentially zero real rumors linking Irving to New Orleans, so I’m not sure why the Pelicans are listed separately from the field. Joining Anthony Davis would certainly be a fun possibility, but if that happened, be sure to get your burning money GIFs ready. You know … because they both get hurt a lot.