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New Kyrie Irving NBA Free Agency Rumors Are Swirling

A picture of Kyrie Irving from behind.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on October 24, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving is set to be a free agent next summer. The Boston Celtics' star point guard appears to be quite happy with his current team, but unsurprisingly, there are rumors about his potential departure in 2019.

The All-Star point guard has long been linked to New York City. Irving is a New Jersey native and there are many who believe at least part of him wants to end up back home.

The Knicks and the Nets have been mentioned as an option for Irving.

Business Insider reported today that rumors are swirling of Irving and fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler teaming up in 2019.

From the report:

Two league sources told Business Insider that there is a buzz about the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler teaming up next summer, with one source saying the chatter is "substantial."

Both sources also said the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets could be well-positioned to land the two players if they are indeed keen on teaming up.

"It wouldn't surprise me if either New York team or potentially both New York teams hit it big next summer," one source said.

Irving and Butler are close. They reportedly talked about playing together in Minnesota before the Cavs traded Irving to Boston.

The NBA's 2018 offseason was a wild one. Expect the same to be true in 2019.