NBA Notebook: Looking ahead to 2019 free agency

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While free agency in 2018 is winding to a close, the stage is already being set for a summer of madness in 2019. A rising salary cap and the expiration of several inflated contracts that were given out in the summer of 2016 (due to the cap spike) will leave several teams with significant salary cap room, all while a loaded free agent class awaits.

The hoopla around the pending free agency of Kyrie Irving will remain a hot topic all year long among talking heads, but the landscape of the pending market is worth watching for Celtics fans. It’s also important to keep in mind some realities facing Danny Ainge as he looks towards 2019. Here’s a look at what Boston has to work with on that front with their own free agents, and a look at the big names that will be joining Irving in the class of 2019.