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Report: Interested teams have become more wary of Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving’s sometimes erratic leadership and behavior this season may have some impacts on his free agency.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, some teams that had interest in signing Irving as a free agent are said to be “more wary” of doing so now. Some of those teams are worried about “putting too many eggs in his basket,” and two teams are reportedly only interested in Irving if they land another star first and that star wants to play with the point guard.

On paper, Irving’s numbers this year — 23.8 points and a career-best 6.9 assists per game — are perfectly fine. However, he’s been publicly moody and, by some accounts, difficult to play with. Questions about his leadership abilities have also come to the surface.

Those are a lot of red flags for a guy who will be expected to become one of the faces of the franchise. Ultimately, Irving will draw plenty of interest, but his strange season seems to have some potential suitors thinking twice.

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