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Warriors’ Kevin Durant Appreciates What Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Did

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant knows a thing or two about controversial decisions.

Durant made one of his own when he bolted from the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Golden State, where he would capture his first NBA title.

So Durant can understand and relate to new Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving who pushed his way out from the Cleveland Cavaliers to find a more comfortable place to play.

“He [Irving] did what he was supposed to do in Cleveland. It’s on to the next chapter.” Durant said on The Bill Simmons Podcast this week.

“I can really appreciate what he did” Durant said.

“He stood up for himself, he showed a lot of courage, man, because it’s hard to take that type of criticism. When you just want to play ball. I feel him on that”

“I just think Kyrie just wanted a place where he can focus on just playing basketball and not worrying about the other drama that comes with [playing along with Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James].

It just felt like he wanted a situation where he would just be free from all of that and just play.

“When you’re around LeBron James there’s so much that comes with that” Durant explained.

“Outside distractions and conversations and just noise that just comes around just from being around LeBron James and Kyrie was at the point like; ‘All right, we lost the championship.

This whole season’s gonna be about if LeBron’s gonna leave or not and ‘I’m ready for a new challenge.’ All that stuff kind of met at the pinnacle of why he wanted to leave.”

Durant can relate to Irving.

“Kyrie reminds me of myself just from the outside looking in” Durant stated.

“I may be wrong on all of these things but from the outside looking in I’ve been around him for a month or so and he reminds me of myself as far as just loving to play the game.

Just wanting to learn it and try to get better at it every day. I can feel that, I can sense that in him.”

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Kemba Walker Informs Hornets He Will Sign with Celtics

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The Boston Celtics may have lost Kyrie Irving in free agency, but they will be bringing in Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker to take his place.

According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Walker has told the Hornets that he pans to signed with the Celtics once free agency kicks off.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Walker will ink a four-year, $141 million contract with Boston.

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Celtics Renouncing Right to Terry Rozier

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The Boston Celtics will renounce the right to guard Terry Rozier which will make him an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Rozier is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game for the Boston Celtics.

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Kyrie Irving Reportedly Closing In On Deal with Nets

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Boston Celtics superstar guard and soon-to-be free agent may have his next destination all squared away.

According to the New York Post’s Brian Lewis, Irving is leaning toward signing a four-year, $141 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, whom he has been linked to for the past few weeks.

Irving, who grew up in New Jersey, was a Nets fan growing up.

If the Nets do land Irving, it is expected that they will be in the running for Golden State Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant.

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