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NBA odds: This team is clear betting favorite to sign Kyrie Irving in free agency

NBA odds: This team is clear betting favorite to sign Kyrie Irving in free agency

Kyrie Irving is one of the best players who will enter NBA free agency at the end of June, and one team has emerged as the clear betting favorite to sign the Boston Celtics point guard.

The Nets, according to oddsmakers at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, are -400 favorites to land Irving. Only two other teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, made the list of odds.

A reunion with LeBron James would certainly be interesting. James and Irving played together on the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons and won a championship in 2016, but their time as teammates reportedly ended on a sour note as Irving ultimately asked for a trade before the 2017-18 campaign. James is now the face of the Los Angeles Lakers, who just agreed to acquire superstar center Anthony Davis in a reported trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers don't have the salary cap space to offer Irving a max contract right now, but they could open up more room over the next few weeks. L.A. also needs a starting point guard after trading away Lonzo Ball in the AD deal.

The Knicks were rumored to be the top landing spot for Irving throughout the second half of the 2018-19 season, but now it looks like their cross-town rival could snag two of the top free agents on the market. The Nets also are the betting favorites to sign Golden State Warriors superstar forward Kevin Durant.

Who knows what Irving will decide when it's time to make a final decision on his free agency, but it wouldn't be surprising, based on these odds and recent reports, to see him take his talents to a New York team this summer.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

New Celtics big man Enes Kanter sits down with Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Kyle and Chris to discuss Team USA's impact on the Celtics, Jaylen Brown's impressive FIBA performance and whether Kemba Walker will step up and be the leader the C's need.

1:03 - Enes Kanter interview

21:56 - Team USA's seventh-place finish

28:34 - Did the Celtics get all they could out of playing for Team USA?

32:30 - Are the Celtics more likely to give Jaylen Brown an extension after his FIBA performance?

37:15 - Will Kemba Walker be the alpha the Celtics need?

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Watch Celtics' Tacko Fall help young fan dunk at WNBA playoff game

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Watch Celtics' Tacko Fall help young fan dunk at WNBA playoff game

A young fan was able to experience the excitement of dunking a basketball with a little assistance from Tacko Fall.

The Boston Celtics center, who stands at 7-foot-6, was in attendance for Tuesday night's WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks. During a break in the action, he picked up a small child and helped it dunk on a regulation-sized hoop.

Check out the special moment in the video below:

Celtics rookie Tremont Waters and assistant coach Kara Lawson also joined Fall to watch the Sun.

Fall played four seasons at the University of Central Florida and went undrafted earlier this year. He signed with the Celtics to play on their Las Vegas NBA Summer League team and performed well enough to earn an invitation to training camp, where he'll compete for one of Boston's final roster spots.

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