Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Kevin Durant will re-sign with Warriors

Kevin Durant will re-sign with Warriors

Finally out from the shadow of LeBron James, Irving's first season in Boston allowed him to develop as the leader he thought he could be.

During the middle of The Finals, Tim Kawakami asked several prominent National Basketball Association reporters about the pending free agent decision of LeBron James this July. There is no shortage of rumors linking James to teams all over the league.

Most Twitter followers (but not all) seemed to be a little nicer about James' wardrobe this time. How could this happen?

June 24, 2014 - Chooses to become a free agent. Since both teams are over the salary cap, the first step would be matching salaries, which would be easier with Hayward (who will make $31.2 million next season) than Kyrie ($20.1 million). As they are on the verge of winning their second straight and their third in the last four years, they are looking to add in more superstar talent.

It's not all doom and gloom from Mannix, however, as he pointed out that Irving's feelings on a move to NY may have changed after getting a taste of success on the Garden parquet.

Rafael Nadal vs Martin del Potro in semi-final
She will now face Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final after the US Open champion beat Madison Keys 6-4 6-4. Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open .

J.R. Smith proved in the last two Finals that he just isn't the player that he once was. Cleveland and the Cavs are so fervently tethered to him that he represents the best and worst times in franchise history. ESPN's Chris Haynes thinks the Celtics could be a real possibility.

Whether or not to re-sign Marcus Smart is the biggest decision the Celtics need to consider this offseason.

"I wanted to open up the conversation, like, 'Hey man, do your own research for what you want to believe in, '" Irving said of his motivations for peddling the long-debunked theory. Will that necessarily be true with Boston and Philadelphia? If they don't, the noise regarding James leaving Cleveland for a new team will likely only grow louder. The Rockets also have MVP candidate James Harden under contract for the next four seasons. There are a few key pieces that could prevent this from happening. Sure, the odds of James landing in Boston for the next stage of his Hall of Fame career feels like a longshot on the surface. At the time, they felt Wade would've been out of the rotation due to most of minutes going to the young guards.

The massive team makeover saw the Cavaliers trade away Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert and Wade to acquire Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood.

The Celtics did a truly masterful job of using their high draft picks to get the players that could be seen as the future of the team, and brought that together with established stars that did not do anything to threaten that future.

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