Brian Windhorst

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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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

Kyrie Irving may have declared his intention to stay in Boston, but at least some NBA general managers haven't taken him off their wish lists just yet.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, those GMs will believe it when they see it:

As any college coach will tell you, a verbal commitment is just that. Also, the Celtics probably will be willing to make the five-year offer to Irving, but that's not in stone at this point with Irving's history of injuries and many months to go. Plenty of executives have the magnet with Irving's name on it slapped in the "UFA" (unrestricted free agent) column on their whiteboards.

But Danny Ainge -- while stressing the Celtics won't be able to negotiate with Irving until next year and that "you never know what's going to happen" -- is giving no indication that re-signing Irving will be a problem.

"We want Kyrie, Kyrie wants us, we want a long-term relationship," the Celtics president of basketball operation Danny Ainge told Toucher & RIch in his weekly interview today on 98.5 The Sports Hub. As for Winhorst's column, Ainge said: "I get what Brian is writing in that report, but it's like in Dumb And Dumber:  'So you're saying there's a chance.' "

In that vein, Windhorst reports there's also a chance -- a chance -- Anthony Davis will be moved this summer:

Davis isn't a free agent until 2020, but some teams already are mulling trade packages if Davis passes on an extension the New Orleans Pelicans can offer him next summer. This is the option that raises goose bumps among a handful of teams that think they might have a chance at landing Davis. The fact that Davis and the Pelicans are off to a fantastic start and that Davis has continued to be outwardly committed to New Orleans has not slowed this one bit.

Count the Celtics among the interested if, somehow, AD winds up on the market. 

But don't count on it.

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