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The six-time All-Star, who grew up in New Jersey, is averaging 23.9 points and 7.1 assists for Boston this season. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range.The Celtics entered play Sunday in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 45-32 record. Irving did not play in their loss this weekend to the Nets. The Knicks had been viewed as a front-runner to land Irving, but he may actually prefer to sign with the Nets, the report says.David Griffin, who was the general manager of the Cavaliers while Irving played there, said recently he believes Irving is more likely to join Brooklyn. Related News Kobe Bryant’s advice to Kyrie Irving: ‘Figure out how to connect with’ your teammates Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni praises ‘remarkable’ James Harden after 50-point triple-double Kyrie Irving could have multiple options in New York if he elects to leave the Celtics this summer.The Knicks and Nets are both expected to pursue the 27-year-old star if he opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent after the season, according to a report from the New York Daily News, which cites unidentified league sources. “I think Brooklyn is the fit that’s better for him in terms of his mindset,” Griffin told NBA TV. “I think he likes what they’ve done there, culturally.”