We've reached the "Instagram activity" phase of the Kyrie Irving drama.
Irving addressed the media Friday in New York and did nothing to squash speculation he'd consider leaving the Boston Celtics in free agency this summer, telling reporters he doesn't "owe anybody s---."
Irving's comments spread like wildfire -- and found their way to J.R. Smith, who took his former teammate's words as a sign Irving will join the New York Knicks this offseason.
"NYC here he comes!!!" Smith (a former Knick himself) commented on SportsCenter's Instagram post of Irving's comments.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith also commented on the post, insisting the Celtics now will need to convince Irving to stay in Boston.
"Damn Right! I told y'all," Stephen A. wrote. "His key words were: 'If you'll have me.' So they've got to show they're committed and will take care of him. I'm praying he takes his show to the Garden."
The Knicks freed up two maximum contract slots for this offseason Thursday in a blockbuster trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, and many (J.R. Smith included, apparently) believe they'll try to fill those slots with Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving -- or both.
... Which leads us to another development: Durant apparently "liked" Slam Online's Instagram post of Irving's remarks.
Here's our disclaimer that Instagram likes and comments don't necessarily mean anything. Durant and Irving are close friends, too, so it makes sense KD would support Kyrie acting in his own best interests.
But at the very least, NBA players are quite aware Irving's future remains unsettled.
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