Irving stars as Celtics beat limping Knicks

Irving stars as Celtics beat limping Knicks

Irving stars as Celtics beat limping Knicks

In Celtics circles, some fear if the Knicks are able to sign Kevin Durant this coming offseason - which is seemingly the team's biggest plan for after the year - the prospect of Irving leaving for NY "could spell trouble for Boston's chances of holding onto" the All-Star guard, according to the report.

With the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers, Irving-led Boston was tipped to emerge as a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference a season after the Cavs denied an injury-hit Celtics squad in Game 7 of the conference finals.

The contest came just one day after the Knicks traded injured Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks which will give NY the funds to go after top free agents this summer.

Asked if he still planned to re-sign with Boston in free agency, Irving responded with, "Ask me July 1".

A potential trade of New Orleans star Anthony Davis - who can't be traded to Boston before July 1 unless Irving is traded - has also muddied the National Basketball Association landscape.

Reports have suggested Davis' camp is not expecting Kyrie Irving to re-sign with the Celtics. But like I said man, he still comes in, he's a professional.

NY have also brought themselves back in to play after trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.

"Like I said, I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena, but of course coming back home", he said. We a love him, we all want him here.

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Damyean Dotson scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks, who dropped their 12th straight.

The Knicks' new players were not available, so they started Dotson and Kadeem Allen as guards.

Gordon Hayward had 14 points off the bench.

With all of the tampering that goes on between teams, players and agents, I wouldn't be surprised if the Knicks already know who they're going to sign this summer. "Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now". "I don't owe anybody s-t".

But if Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic turn into the frontcourt of the future in Dallas and the Knicks can't get anyone to take their money, basketball purgatory in NY could last a while longer.

"I respect the Knicks organization", Irving said.

Knicks executives say they won't feel pressured to throw their money at someone in July.

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