Nets are favorites to land Kyrie Irving in free agency, according to Vegas oddsmakers

Alex Reimer
May 08, 2019 - 9:24 am
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The Celtics can pay Kyrie Irving $80 million more than any other team this offseason. But they are far from the favorite’s to sign the mercurial point guard, according to the Vegas oddsmakers.

The Las Vegas sports books released their odds this week of where the NBA’s top free agents will end up. Irving’s hometown Nets are currently listed as the favorites with +250 odds, whereas the Knicks are second at +300. The Celtics are third at +350, despite their significant financial advantage.

Irving has been mum about his free agency ever since he told reporters in February to “ask him July 1” and declared he didn’t “owe anybody s—.” Prior to the start of the season, in what now constitutes as a distance memory, Irving told Celtics fans at TD Garden he would love to return –– if they would have him.

But most of those good feelings have subsided over the Celtics’ tumultuous campaign, which could end Wednesday in Milwaukee. Boston is down 3-1 in the series, losing three straight contests after taking Game 1. Irving has gone 19-for-62 from the floor during this stretch and played terrible defense.

Earlier this year, Irving acknowledged his apparent interest in playing for the perpetually moribund and chaotic Knicks, saying he holds “great respect” for the franchise. Last week, Nets forward Jared Dudley guaranteed his team would receive a meeting with Irving. 

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