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?
Paul George has agreed to resign to the Oklahoma Thunder for a four year, $137 million max contract. Numerous outlets reported George wanted to stay in Oklahoma and play alongside Russell Westbrook and that is what ended up happening.
The two teams that had the best chance of landing George were the Oklahoma Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. George has said in the past he wanted to play for his hometown team but that seems to not be the case anymore. He has found a new place to call home and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to lose sleep over this decision by him.
The Lakers wanted to build a superteam this super and George was one of the pieces they hoped to sign. By signing George, they would use him as leverage and sign LeBron James. That can't happen anymore so the Lakers will chase Kawhi Leonard and hope the Spurs trade him to them soon.
James is going to wait until the Lakers acquire a superstar before signing with them. As of now, it seems like James is leaning towards signing with the Lakers. It will be interesting to see if they can acquire another star player besides James because the winds have not been in their favor.
Other notable players that committed to teams today Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Paul is going to resign with the Houston Rockets to a four year. $160 million contract. He had an injury-riddled year but played well in the playoffs and almost carried the Rockets to the NBA Finals before an injury derailed Paul once again.
The other Los Angeles team, the Clippers, weren't able to resign Jordan. Instead, he will be going to the Dallas Mavericks. He has shown interest in the Mavs in the past but this time, he may actually play for them. That is, barring any unseen actions by him or the Clippers.
Free agency has just started but the pieces are already falling into place. George and Paul resigned and the players that have left aren't going to make much of a difference in changing the power structure in the NBA. Now, the world is eagerly going to wait and see what James decides to do.