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There might be one thing of some extent guard roulette that takes place this summer season, with Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell all about to hit NBA free company. There are additionally a number of different high guards across the league that make sense as commerce chips as effectively, so nothing is admittedly off the board proper now.
On the coronary heart of all of this PG drama are the Celtics, Knicks, Lakers and Nets as all of these groups might be out there for Kyrie. The place Kyrie lands will instantly set off the subsequent vacation spot for Kemba, although as The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Invoice Simmons mentioned on Simmons’ podcast late final week there stays a legit probability that Kemba stays in Charlotte with the Hornets.
So the place does that go away the Celtics at level guard?
Terry Rozier was as a lot of a locker room disruptor as Kyrie was in Boston final season and primarily based on buzz across the league each of them will seemingly be in several locales when the 2019-20 season opens up in October.
Boston gained’t have a lot cash to play with with the intention to try to signal Kemba in free company to switch Kyrie, until they have been in a position to facilitate a couple of money-clearing trades involving both Gordon Hayward or Al Horford (who has a participant possibility). One doable answer lies in Memphis, as Mike Conley may very well be had for a relative cut price.
As for the Knicks, there’s legit fear inside the entrance workplace that Kevin Durant may land with the Clippers and Kyrie may wind up with LeBron and the Lakers, or with Russell and the Nets. Brooklyn just isn’t ruling out pairing Kyrie and Russell collectively as Sean Marks noticed what has labored with James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston. Although the Rockets got here up brief the previous two seasons, they’re broadly considered the second finest crew within the NBA. If not for the Golden State juggernaut, Harden and Paul would seemingly have a hoop by now.
In different phrases, what Houston has completed this decade works. Two elite “level guards” can’t solely play collectively in at present’s league, however thrive.
With all that mentioned, right here is the place the arrow is pointing on all of those key gamers and groups as we inch nearer to the June 30th insanity.
Kemba Walker to Knicks
Kevin Durant to Knicks
Kyrie Irving to Nets
D’Angelo Russell to Nets
Mike Conley to Celtics