Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
It doesn't really surprise anybody that the Golden State Warriors won their third championship in four seasons on Friday Night in a 108-85 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. The Warriors swept the series and other than Game 1, the finals wasn't really much of a contest. Kevin Durant won his second consecutive finals MVP by averaging 31.7 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.7 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.
Durant is a free agent but he plans on re-signing with them and for how long remains to be seen. A lot of people believe he ruined the competitive nature in the NBA, but Durant felt like that was the best for his brand.
Klay Thompson is a free agent next summer and he plans on a signing a contract extension. This means Thompson will most likely stay for at least another four to five years. Steph Curry just recently signed his contract extension.
Draymond Green is under contract for another two seasons and he will probably sign a contract extension at some point as well. They also have a solid bench as well and are well coached by Steve Kerr.
They have a chance to three-peat next season and that has happened since the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002. With the roster Golden State has, how long can they continue to win championships?
The first factor that will come into play is where Lebron James signs this summer. If he signs with the Houston Rockets and joins Chris Paul and James Harden, Golden State will be challenged to no end.
If Lebron signs with the Los Angeles Lakers, I don't see Golden State losing to them. If he goes to the San Antonio Spurs, it could get interesting with head coach Greg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard, but the Warriors would be too athletic for the Spurs.
Lebron also plans on talking to the Golden State Warriors as well, but there is no way he will sign with them or I don't think Kevin Durant wants that to happen.
If Lebron stays in the east, Golden State should be a lock to the finals for the next few seasons. The odds are he won't stay in Cleveland, but he could go the Philadelphia 76ers or back to the Miami Heat. The odds are that the Boston Celtics are going to come out of the east next season anyways because of how good of a coach Brad Stevens is, how good their young players are, and Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are returning from injury.
If I were a betting man, the Golden State Warriors are going to win at least two titles in the next three seasons. Even if the Boston Celtics are fully healthy, they may not be ready for a team like Golden State even though Kyrie Irving has been in the finals three times and has won an NBA championship.
The Philadelphia 76ers are a promising basketball team, but they have concerns off their own because they have injury prone players like Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz.
Realistically, who can be beat the Golden State Warriors four times out of seven other than maybe the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics? Not any one else and they are a tough team to play against. The only thing that could derail the Golden State Warriors at this point is injuries.