Report: Lakers, Knicks Still in Contention to Sign Kyrie Irving amid Nets Rumors

Bleacher Report

Nothing is out of the question until the ink dries. 

The widespread belief is that Kyrie Irving will sign with the Brooklyn Nets once his unrestricted free agency begins. However, SNY's Ian Begleyreported Friday night that "no team interested in Irving, including the Knicks and Lakers, had been led to believe that they are out of the running to to sign him," according to sources.

The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett had relayed Thursday Irving's intention to become a Net, reporting that the Boston Celtics point guard is "prepared" to sign with Brooklyn after free agency begins July 6. 

While at least three teams seem to have a shot at acquiring Irving, the Celtics don't believe they have one. The Boston Herald's Adam Himmelsbach reported Boston's optimism that the team will be able to retain the 27-year-old "has eroded."

Irving's looming free-agency decision has influenced how aggressively Boston plans to pursue a trade for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis, Himmelsbach added. Davis and Irving have also been linked regarding the Lakers, who are the odds-on favorite to land Davis. 

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