BOSTON — Every move, every decision made by Kyrie Irving will be scrutinized to the nth degree.
So, it stands to reason Irving’s decision to part ways with his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler is a really big deal any time of the year.
But it’s timing comes just days before free agency begins.
The move was first reported by ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski
And his new representation – Roc Nation – will only further fuel speculation that Irving will indeed be looking to pair up with Kevin Durant who is represented by – you guess? – Roc Nation.
Now there are other NBA clients under the Roc Nation umbrella, but let’s be honest.
Does anyone think Irving is looking to team up with … Jeremy Lin? Justise Winslow? Willey Cauley-Stein?
Didn’t think so.
But the torn Achilles injury suffered by Durant in Game 5 of the NBA Finals has on the surface at least, complicated things a bit.
The injury will keep Durant sidelined for most if not all of next season, meaning whoever’s roster Durant is on next season will get little or nothing from him in terms of actual games played.
It’s too soon to tell what impact, if any, will the injury have on Durant’s suitors for next season.
Still, multiple league sources contacted by NBC Sports Boston since Durant suffered his injury, anticipate his injury will have no impact on the number of teams that will be willing to offer him a multi-year, max salaried contract this summer.
And then there’s the Golden State Warriors who will certainly offer him a max-salaried deal and potentially more years than any other team when he becomes a free agent.
As far as Irving aligning himself with Roc Nation, the biggest takeaway besides the Durant connection is how this could be the first step towards Irving creating a fresh start/clean slate for himself.
And that does not bode well for the Celtics in their efforts to re-sign the six-time All-Star, knowing the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are both positioning themselves to acquire both Irving and Durant.
But as much as the Celtics have made no secret about wanting Irving back in the fold, they have made inroads with potential replacements for him, with Terry Rozier being at the top of that list.
Rozier, drafted by the Celtics with the 16th overall pick in 2015, will become a restricted free agent this summer.
Despite Rozier indicating when the season ended that he was ready to move on to another team, no Irving in the picture will change his stance dramatically.
Rozier wanted out because he didn’t want to be a backup to Irving anymore.
With no Irving in the picture, a league source tells NBC Sports Boston that Rozier would be “more than open” to a possible return to Boston next season.
As a starter for Boston, Rozier has a record of 22-8 while averaging 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 31.9 minutes per game.
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