Report: Kevin Durant met with Kyrie Irving in New York and has moved there for the summer

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It’s been widely speculated that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could choose to team up next season, as both players are eligible to hit free agency and land massive max contracts in at the end of the month. Irving and Durant were caught on camera talking about max slots during All-Star weekend earlier this year, but some analysts are reporting that Irving may prefer a move to the Brooklyn Nets.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Irving has declined his player option with the Celtics, meaning he’ll become a free agent on June 30th. Durant, who underwent surgery earlier this week, is expected to receive a max offer from the Warriors, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, as Golden State hopes to keep its dynasty alive by retaining both Durant and Klay Thompson.

Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reported Friday that Durant is planning to remain in New York this summer, and that the two-time Finals MVP has already met with Irving to discuss the future.

“What I’m being told is he’s out of the hospital, he’s moved into a hotel for the time being in the New York area. He and Kyrie have met. I don’t know whether Kyrie went to see him at the hospital or at the hotel, but they’ve met and they’ve continued their discussion about potentially playing together next season. Take that as you will.

And my understanding is that [KD has] moved all his stuff. He’s planning on spending the summer and the foreseeable future in New York. He’s not going back out to the West Coast.”

According to Bucher, Irving and Durant would like to team up – but each has a different preferred destination. Bucher said that Irving wants to play alongside Durant in Brooklyn, while Durant would rather the pair play for the Knicks.

The next three weeks are going to be fascinating for basketball fans. The 2019 NBA Draft is just a few days away on Thursday, June 20th, and free agency will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on June 30th.

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