Kyrie to decline option, become free agent

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Reports: Celtics' Irving changes agents, fueling Durant rumors

ESPN said Irving is planning to sign with Roc Nation Sports, the agency with longtime connections to Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.

As Charania reports, Irving can sign with any National Basketball Association team or sign a new deal with the Celtics when free agency opens.

Presumably, Irving's previous agent had been working on gauging the market and getting his client a huge deal when free agency begins June 30. ROC Nation was founded by former Nets part-owner Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, who played a large role in the team's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.

While nothing has been signed or decided just yet, Irving changing course with his agent is just the latest sign that nobody knows what's about to happen this summer. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, teams from the region in which he grew up, appear as strong candidates to hire him.

Irving was due to earn more than $21 million with the Celtics next season.

Boston is still pursuing a trade for Anthony Davis and the Celtics' plan was always to get Davis and pair him with Irving. At least Boston is in a good situation because if it loses its star, it also has young players capable of leading the franchise. It is a feasible option, since going to NY motivates Irving, especially because he knows that they miss him. It is very possible when you consider that Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yoarmark's twin brother, Michael, is ROC Nation's President.

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