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Report: 95% chance Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pair up to join Knicks

Report: 95% chance Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pair up to join Knicks

Is it summer yet?

The weather is getting nicer AND the NBA free agency rumors are heating up.

About an hour after a report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the door to a LeBron-Kyrie reunion with the Lakers being open and Irving having discussions about playing for L.A., came a tweet from Windhorst's ESPN's colleague, Stephen A. Smith, which puts Irving's free agency destination about 3,000 miles away from Los Angeles.

According to Smith, the oft-rumored Kyrie-KD coupling with the Knicks is a 95% certainty.

The coast-to-coast rumors are likely to continue until July 1 when Irving, Durant and other NBA free agents can make their commitments public. Until then, as in Stephen A's tweet above, the Photoshoppers will likely be working overtime. 

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Kyrie Irving to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, will not face Celtics this season

Kyrie Irving to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, will not face Celtics this season

Well, we can't say we're surprised, can we?

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving won't be playing against the Boston Celtics at all this season. The 27-year-old is set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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Irving didn't play in the Nets first two matchups against his former team this season while dealing with the shoulder injury that has seen him miss more than half of the 2019-20 season. In just 20 games played, Irving averaged 27.4 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.

We should also mention that even though Irving has missed a majority of the season, he still nearly stole an All-Star game spot from Kemba Walker -- the fan vote ranked him second behind Atlanta's Trae Young.

The Celtics are nipping at the Toronto Raptors heels and sit third in the Eastern Conference while the Nets are on the rise, going 7-3 in their last 10 games and ranking seventh in the East.

If Boston were to take over second place in the conference, the Celtics could potentially meet the Nets in the first round of the playoffs -- Boston having home court advantage.

With Irving set to miss the remainder of the season, this elimates any chance he'll have to face the Celtics in the postseason -- surprise, surprise.

This Friday is Jayson Tatum Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Tatum throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Celtics-Timberwolves, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.

 

These crazy stats emphasize Jayson Tatum's superstar potential

These crazy stats emphasize Jayson Tatum's superstar potential

This Friday is Jayson Tatum Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Tatum throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Celtics-Timberwolves, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.

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Jayson Tatum's numbers through the first three years of his promising career are beyond impressive.

But when you put those numbers into perspective and compare them with what some NBA legends did at such a young age, it's truly remarkable what he's accomplished already.

At 21, Tatum has joined elite company in several categories. While he enjoys an All-Star season in Year 3, the 2017 No. 3 overall pick is setting himself apart from other young Boston Celtics standouts who have preceded him.

Here are some of the craziest Tatum stats entering Friday night (courtesy of @BostonSportsInf on Twitter) as he continues to develop into a bonafide superstar.

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