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Kyrie Irving to Knicks? J.R. Smith seems convinced after latest comments

Kyrie Irving to Knicks? J.R. Smith seems convinced after latest comments

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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Did J.R. Smith call Marcus Smart a "bum" for DeAndre' Bembry incident?

Did J.R. Smith call Marcus Smart a "bum" for DeAndre' Bembry incident?

J.R. Smith appeared to call out one of two players Saturday night on Instagram.

We think we have a pretty good guess.

After ESPN's "SportsCenter" Instagram account posted a video of Marcus Smart charging at DeAndre' Bembry during Saturday night's Boston Celtics-Atlanta Hawks game, the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard chimed in by writing "such a bum" in the comment section.

Technically, Smith's "bum" jab could be directed at Smart or Bembry. But Smith and Smart have serious history.

A quick recap: During the 2018 NBA playoffs, Smart confronted Smith after the Cavs guard pushed Al Horford while he was in the air attempting to catch an alley-oop. When Boston and Cleveland met this preseason, Smart and Smith scuffled again, and their beef continued off the court with some nasty postgame remarks and tweets.

So, it's safe to say Smith's comments aren't directed at Bembry.

Smart has bigger problems to worry about, though: His Celtics will aim for their fourth consecutive win Monday, while Smith has stepped away from the Cavs while seeking a trade.

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NBA Rumors: Cavs players upset over Kyle Korver's trade to Jazz

NBA Rumors: Cavs players upset over Kyle Korver's trade to Jazz

The LeBron James-era Cleveland Cavaliers are slowly being dismantled, and it doesn't sound like an enjoyable process.

The Cavs reportedly traded veteran forward Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday for guard Alec Burks and two draft picks.

The trade hardly was a surprising move considering Cleveland is in a rebuild, but according to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, it still didn't go over well in the locker room.

Multiple Cavs players are upset with the trading of Korver, insofar as this is a team with very little outside shooting. ... Subtracting him from the team only makes it harder to win games, they feel.

Korver was playing just 15.7 minutes per game in Cleveland, but his 46.3 percent clip from 3-point range still stretched the floor on offense. With their sharpshooter gone and Kevin Love recovering from foot surgery, the 4-16 Cavs -- who visit TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Friday night -- likely will fall further into the Eastern Conference basement.

But that's the harsh reality of an NBA rebuild, which Vardon notes has been particularly hard on team veterans like Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye and J.R. Smith -- who reportedly is negotiating his own ticket out of town.

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