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Most Likely Free-Agent Destinations for All-Star Guard Kyrie Irving

Max Staley
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With the Boston Celtics in a 2-1 hole heading into Game 4 of their series with the Milwaukee Bucks, there continues to be uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving's future with the Celts. While it's hard to imagine a potential second-round exit would increase the All-Star point guard's chances of returning to Boston, stranger things have happened in free agency in recent years.

With that in mind, here are four of the likeliest free-agent destinations for Irving this offseason.

4. Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers could potentially sign two max players this summer, which could position them to make a couple of big moves this NBA offseason. While the Clippers have already been linked to Kawhi Leonard, it wouldn't be a shock if they pursued Irving. With a respected head coach in Doc Rivers and the allure of Los Angeles, the Clippers are a team to watch when it comes to Kyrie.

3. Boston Celtics

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While Irving publicly announced that he would be resigning with Boston before the season started, some of his recent comments suggest otherwise. But given how the point guard's feelings about his future seem to shift pretty often, it wouldn't be too surprising if he ended up staying in Boston.

2. Brooklyn Nets

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The New York Knicks are getting most of the hype around Kyrie, but the Brooklyn Nets proved they're a team on the rise. The Nets' coaching and front office seems far more stable than that of the Knicks, and signing with Brooklyn would likely mean Irving gets to be the No. 1 option. Additionally, Stefan Bondy, of the New York Daily News, reported that some NBA sources believe Irving prefers the Nets to the Knicks.

1. New York Knicks

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If you've followed the NBA this season, seeing the Knicks atop this list should come as no surprise. Rumors about Kevin Durant and Irving teaming up in New York have seemingly followed the duo all season. Irving also went to high school in New Jersey, so signing with the Knicks would be something of a home coming for the NBA All-Star.

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