Kyrie Irving will be one of the NBA's most coveted free agents when July 1 rolls around. But prospective teams now are approaching Irving with a bit of caution.
The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett reported Saturday that "some teams thought to have interest in Irving as a free agent are now a great deal more wary."
What is causing this change of heart from teams? It has to do with the way Irving acted throughout the 2018-19 season, and how the Boston Celtics' season ended.
Back in October, Irving spoke to Celtics fans and told them he planned to re-sign with Boston if the team wanted him back. Then, in February, he had a change of heart and vented to the media about his free-agent plans.
“Ask me July 1," Kyrie told reporters in New York on Feb. 1. "At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my career. I spent the last eight years trying to do what everyone else wanted me to do -- managers, other personnel -- and I don't owe anybody s--t."
With all the free agency questions surrounding the Celtics, they never lived up to their potential and were bounced out of the NBA playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.
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Irving has been tied to a partnership with Kevin Durant and the New York Knicks, which has been seen by some as inevitable. But this latest report from The Herald has us wondering if the Knicks are one of the teams having cold feet about adding Irving.
And if Irving isn't going to The Big Apple, will Durant have second thoughts about leaving the Warriors for the Knicks? Hmm.