The NBA playoffs will have a massive effect on many things, but one of the chief outcomes that they will influence is how high-profile free agents-to-be act in the off-season.
Players such as Kevin Durrant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, and Tobias Harris all are about to become free agents in the off-season and it is no doubt that their teams’ performance will be of great importance when they decide whether to extend their stay or look elsewhere this summer.
Betting operators have already started offering odds for all of these players’ next moves and if you are a betting enthusiast with inside knowledge, you can make lots of money from backing a certain move on the player market.
Betting on the NBA can be really profitable if you know what you are doing, and even if you don’t, you can still quite easily get the latest predictions and betting info on the NBA. Whether it is betting on the match winner market or the myriad of outright bets such as conference or division winner betting enthusiasts can make quite a lot of money and make following an individual match or the whole season much more interesting.
Furthermore, by making bets on how individual players will fare during the season or how many points they will score during a match, punters can really get inside knowledge of how the NBA works and make some cash in the process.
And one of the most interesting markets regarding individual players is definitely the ‘Player’s Next Team’ market. This is especially true once the regular season and the playoffs have ended and players such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving start talking to their agents about their next career moves.
Will Durant Leave the Warriors?
Kevin Durant has been a key player for the Golden State Warriors. He was the MVP of their last two finals and was an integral part of the NBA’s best team winning the Championship in 2017 and 2018. He continued in pretty much the same way this year and led the Warriors to yet another final appearance.
However, Kevin Durant is also a free agent once this season is over. This has been enough of a reason for rumours to start flying and his next destination is one of the most hotly discussed topics in the NBA right now. The outcome of the playoffs will definitely play an incredible role in Durant’s decision that’s for sure.
How it will affect his future is a different matter though. There are those people who believe that his move to New York Knicks is done and dusted and if you are one of them, then there is little doubt in your mind that the playoffs will have no effect on Durant’s decision.
However, there are also those people who think that if the Warriors lose in the final to the Toronto Raptors, Durant will more or less decide that he has to change the environment to get back to winning ways and that he will go to the Knicks.
Finally, there are those people who say that Durant will only leave the Warriors if he wins his third Championship with them and then changes the surroundings to look for a new challenge.
All of these outcomes may eventually become a reality, but seeing how Durant wants to get fit much ahead of the time needed for his calf injury to be completely resolved definitely adds weight to the belief of one last group of people who believe that Kevin is so dedicated to this Warriors team that he is definitely staying.
Will Kyrie Irving Join the Knicks as Well?
Ever since Kyrie won that NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016 he has been hungry for more. That’s why it comes as no surprise to Celtics fans that Irving will probably once again be on the move this summer, especially as he is a free agent and many people are speculating that he is also New York bound.
The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in their conference semi-finals and the fact that Boston weren’t able to reach at least the conference finals will surely have made Irving doubtful of his team’s chances of success next year. It has to be said though that he should probably look closer to home to find the culprit for the Celtics’ early playoffs exit.