The Boston Celtics are one of the favorites in Eastern Conference, especially with the return of their two best players, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. With LeBron James out of the East, and if Boston stays healthy, there is a good shot they get to the NBA Finals.
Arguably, the Celtics best player is Irving, and the five-time All-Star can become a free agent at the end of the season, but the 26-year-old Irving recently told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he wants to stay in Boston.
However, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, even though Irving is happy in Boston, he should still test free agency.
Last season, Irving missed the playoffs due to a knee injury.
It would not hurt for Irving to see what is out there, especially if he confident in his ability to stay healthy. In my opinion, he should test free agency. It’s always good to have options in life, and by becoming a free agent, Irving would have options.
Ever since the NBA season ended, the most talked about subject in the league is what’s next for LeBron James. James is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent very shortly.
Where James will play next season is pretty much a mystery at this time, but you get the sense that certain teams have the edge over others. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, there are seven teams in the mix: Cavs, Warriors, 76ers, Celtics, Rockets, Lakers, and Heat, but we won’t know until James starts meeting with teams.
One team that is on Stephen A.’s list is the Boston Celtics, which could make for an unusual situation. If James were to go to Boston, he would be reunited with Kyrie Irving. As we all know, Irving, who was traded from the Cavs to the Celtics, wanted to leave to get out from underneath the shadow of James. So, if LeBron went to Boston, what happens to Kyrie?
Former Celtics star Antoine Walker thinks if Boston has a chance to get LeBron they must choose him over Irving.
“If I got a chance to get LeBron James, Kyrie gotta go,” Walker said on the SouthSide Heat podcast.
The Boston Celtics are making a lot of noise in these NBA playoffs. Without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtics found a way to beat the Bucks in round one, and currently, Boston is up 2-0 over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Terry Rozier, who has filled in for the injured Irving, has been a revelation for the Celtics in these playoffs. Rozier is averaging 19.1 ppg in the playoffs and is playing some great basketball.
Conversely, the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated by the Warriors in round one. The Spurs were without their best player in Kawhi Leonard, and there have been rumblings that Leonard may want out of San Antonio.
The fact that Rozier is balling and Leonard may want out of San Antonio led ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to think about the possibilities of an Irving for Leonard swap.
Here’s what Smith said on First Take today:
If the Spurs want a star, maybe trading Leonard for Irving is not a bad idea. Plus, you keep Leonard out of the Western Conference.