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Last year’s NBA offseason featured plenty of excitement and intrigue. LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, and Kevin Durant made the decision to stay with the Golden State Warriors.
With players like Durant and Leonard in the free-agent pool—and guys such as Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal possibly on the trading block—this offseason could be even more impactful. There’s no telling exactly what will transpire, but as usual, the rumor mill is churning out possibilities.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest NBA offseason buzz.
Kyrie Irving Leaning Toward Brooklyn, Los Angeles
It doesn’t appear that the Boston Celtics are going to retain Kyrie Irving this offseason. Seeing as how he failed to develop into a leader in Boston, that may not be a major blow to the franchise. However, it does mean that another talented scorer is headed to market.
Irving has been painted as a potential target for the New York Knicks for some time now, but according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report and Fox Sports 1, he’s more likely to end up with either the Brooklyn Nets or with Los Angeles—and former Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has gotten involved with the recruiting process.
“It’s between Brooklyn and the Lakers,” Bucher said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “…I was told in the last 24 hours Kobe has been recruiting Kyrie in particular, to get him to the Lakers. Everything I’ve heard I would still expect Kyrie is going to go to Brooklyn… He just bought a place in South Orange.”
Both of these options make some sense for Irving. The Nets were a playoff team this past season, and his addition could turn them into a strong Eastern Conference contender. In Los Angeles, he would be reunited with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate James.
According to Anthony Puccio of SNY, Irving “kept