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Reports: Kevin Durant sells his Calif. home, buys one in N.Y.

Reports: Kevin Durant sells his Calif. home, buys one in N.Y.

More real estate news to keep an eye on as NBA free agency approaches Sunday at 6 p.m.

Kevin Durant has sold his Malibu home, according to the Los Angeles Times, and, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, he's bought a home in New York.

Durant, who is doubtful to play at all next season after tearing his Achilles' in his brief NBA Finals appearance with the Warriors, opted out of his contract with Golden State and will test free agency, where he'll reportedly meet with the Knicks and where rumors of him teaming with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn abound. 

Bucher, for what it's worth, had the report of Irving buying a home in South Orange, N.J., earlier this month.

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NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors have dominated the prelude to NBA free agency, and the Los Angeles Lakers likely are hoping those rumors turn out to be true.

That's because Irving to the Nets would open the door for guard D'Angelo Russell to return to L.A. If and when Irving signs with the Nets, they'd likely renounce Russell to make Irving their new star point guard and thus, Russell would become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained the scenario Tuesday night on ESPN.

“The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn,” Wojnarowski said. “Because then Brooklyn renounces D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who's been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason.”

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The latest Kyrie-Nets report states Brooklyn remains the 27-year-old's "preferred choice" in free agency, so the Lakers very well may just get their wish.

As for where the Celtics go from here without Irving, they're reportedly trying to lure free agent Kemba Walker as their next star.

NBA free agency gets underway on June 30.

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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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