The 2018-19 NBA season promises to be an interesting one.
The Golden State Warriors are probably once again representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, but with LeBron James headed to La La Land, the Eastern Conference appears to be up in the air.
King James has dominated the east, guiding either the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers to the final playoff series of the year in each of the last eight seasons.
That streak ends during the 2018-19 NBA regular season. Even if James somehow pushes the Los Angeles Lakers to new heights, the Eastern Conference is still crowning a new champion.
Most think that’s the Boston Celtics. Considering they’ve been in two straight Eastern Conference Finals and were one win from last year’s Finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the logic is airtight.
It’s not the 2018-19 NBA season Celtics fans are worried about, though. It’s the following season when he might be on the move.
The Kyrie Irving Question
With Irving remaining non-committal on his future beyond the upcoming season (he can opt out of his deal next summer), everyone is wondering if he’ll still be wearing green and white a year from now.
Whether that’s due to Irving being allowed to bounce as a free agent or the Celtics feeling pressured into dealing him instead of losing him for nothing, of course, remains to be seen.
Either way, top NBA betting sites are asking bettors how things will shake out. Will Irving commit to the Celtics long-term, or will he leave Boston after just his second season at the TD Garden?
Odds for Kyrie Irving’s 2019 Team
The odds are for this market are surprisingly limited, but all bases are still covered.
Check out the latest Kyrie Irving destination odds, courtesy of Bookmaker.eu.
Kyrie Irving originally demanded an exit out of Cleveland for two reasons: he was tired of playing second fiddle to LeBron James, and he wanted to run his own show.
While he got his wish while simultaneously joining a title contender, it wasn’t exactly Irving’s choice to land in Boston. There has been growing speculation that he preferred the New York Knicks and had interest in the San Antonio Spurs, among other teams.
The teams here don’t really pop off the page, but bettors need to take each of them seriously.
Assessing the Possibilities
There are growing whispers that the Nets feel they can pry Irving and Jimmy Butler from their current clubs. If so, Brooklyn could quickly be building a winner in a conference that is increasingly undecided.
Irving and Butler joining up with the likes of D’Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could quickly become rather interesting.
If Irving cares more about his brand and NBA tradition, though, he might choose the Knicks.
New York was initially on his preferred “list” of teams before the Cavs dealt him, and with Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and Kevin Knox in place, the Knicks could also rise up the ladder in short time.
Clearly Irving’s love for the bright lights of New York is the pull here. He’d also be “the man” in both spots and would be able to start from scratch while maximizing his NBA brand.
The New Orleans Pelicans are an odd team to be listed on their own.
That may be the case, but the Pelicans reportedly expressed interest in landing him before, and other reports suggest the Celtics were keeping an open mind.
Anthony Davis would probably be a big piece of those trade talks if they got serious, but one has to think that if the Pels are trying to get Irving, it’s because they’re trying to keep The Brow happy and move closer to contention.
I just don’t see the package the Celtics jump at to make a deal with Pels happen, and I also believe Irving would be far more interested in going somewhere in New York.
Besides, even if the Pels did pull that move off, it remains quite possible Irving just leaves them for whatever team he prefers next summer anyways.
Where Will Kyrie Play in 2019?
To me, there are three bets here: Celtics, Knicks, and Field/Any.
I would certainly spend a lot of time looking at the potential field bets. Teams that lack that impact point guards or badly need a superstar could come into play, while anyone on Irving’s old wish list would also have a shot.
If you’re looking for that criteria, the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat all stand out and fit the bill.
Even if you’re not sold on those teams swinging a deal for Irving (or signing him next summer), you have to consider the Field/Any wager accounts for 27 NBA franchises that have a shot at convincing Irving to come play for them.
Not everyone has the trade ammunition to go after Irving nor the cash to actually pay him to stick around. Still, you get 27 outs (hey, maybe even the Cavs would want to bring him back) and at a cool +300 price.
You also certainly need to consider the possibility that Irving is mum on his future but actually has no intentions of leaving Boston.
There’s plenty of good reason for Irving to stay in town to help Boston remain a legit title threat on a yearly basis. At +105, you’re getting solid value for that.
It’s early in the process, and it’s important to consider all aspects and listen to all of the whispers (albeit with a grain of salt). However, if Irving is jetting, I think the Knicks make the most sense.
At +250, they offer nice value and were previously on Irving’s wish list. They also have enough pieces to make going there enticing, and despite having some quality stars, nobody would actually trump Irving.
It’s early, but the Knicks seem to offer Irving everything he could want moving forward. I’d still go after the Celtics at +105 quite a bit, but if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck in a world where stars surprise us every day, New York stands out.
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