Report: Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler have serious plans to play together

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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley may not like it but the current NBA era is all about forming super teams.

We've seen this reaffirmed this week as some major moves have taken place in free agency.

The Golden State Warriors added All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to a team that already features four All-NBA players and has won back-to-back championships.

LeBron James also joined the Los Angeles Lakers and the franchise is seeking to conclude a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

Paul George re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder to continue playing alongside Russell Westbrook for the next four years.

With a star-studded class of free agents in 2019, we are likely to see more of the same next year too.

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Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler are two superstars that will hit the open market next summer and they are reportedly looking to join forces.

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That's according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times who says the All-Star duo are trying to figure out a way to play together either on the Boston Celtics or another team.

The pair have developed a close relationship since winning an Olympic Gold Medal as teammates on Team USA in 2016.

When Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, he presented them with a list of teams he wanted to join and it included the Minnesota Timberwolves because Butler had been traded there by the Chicago Bulls.

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Kyrie has already stated that he will test the free agency market and won't be signing an extension with the Celtics before then and Butler also has no intention of signing a long-term deal in Minnesota.

Apparently, the shooting guard became frustrated with the attitude of his young Timberwolves teammates last season - including Karl-Anthony Towns - as he believed they didn't have a championship mentality like him.

“I just don’t think there have been many people that have understood how important winning is to me, man,’’ Butler told the Sun-Times in April.

“I just had a conversation about that very thing with somebody — not important who — but I put so much into this game, and I only play to win.”

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Rumours are beginning to swirl that Irving and Butler could potentially join the New York Knicks together.

As a New Jersey native, Kyrie is believed to hold a strong interest in playing in the Big Apple and the prospect of luring Butler to join him there could be a possibility.

This is an idea that Chris Broussard of Fox Sports flirted with on Thursday as he debated what a big three of Irving, Jimmy B and Kristaps Porzingis would mean for the east.

That would be a tantalising trio but it's all speculation for now. However, it's definitely a story to keep an eye on throughout the year.

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