The New York Knicks could have acquired Kyrie Irving this past summer.
With the New York Knicks and Joakim Noah currently in a situation where the veteran center has left the team for a period of time in which no one knows when he’ll really return after getting into a argument with head coach Jeff Hornacek.
It turns out that the Knicks spoke with the Cleveland Cavaliers this past summer about a trade that would have involved point guard Kyrie Irving, but New York would have had to part ways with Kristaps Porzingis, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. Of course the Knicks turned the deal down.
According to a source, the Cavaliers discussed taking Noah with Kristaps Porzingis in a deal over the summer for Kyrie Irving. But at the time, the Knicks weren’t interested.
Honestly, I would have traded Porzingis and Noah for Irving, who’s an established point guard and a premiere NBA player.
Porzingis is a young, budding star, but we don’t know if he’ll ever have the the impact that Irving can have. Also getting rid of Noah’s contract would have helped them make more moves in free agency.