Kyrie Irving could turn the New York Knicks into a title contender.
Boston Celtics’ star point guard Kyrie Irving said something very interested when he was asked earlier in the season why the New York Knicks were on his wish list of teams prior to leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Where is this gonna go?” Irving said, via the NY Post. “It’s pretty easy, man. They were on my list for a reason, I think you guys know that. Close to home, that’s about it. I’m not going to go into detail about all that extra stuff because I know where this is going to lead.
“Cameras all here, I know exactly where this is going to go,” Irving added.
It sounds like Irving sees the Knicks as a viable option for himself. With his contract scheduled to expire with the Celtics after the 2018-19 season, given the fact that he has a player option for another season, we can wonder if he’ll bolt for the Big Apple.
As Marc Berman of The Post points out, the Knicks will have a lot of cap room in the summer of 2019 and would be able to afford to bring in Irving.
Now if Irving can help build a dynasty in Boston and win a title over the next two seasons, maybe he won’t want to leave, but as of right now, it looks like the Knicks will have a chance to sign him.
In that same summer, the Knicks will also have a chance to sign guys like Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. If they can pair two of those three guys alongside Kristaps Porzingis, New York could suddenly be a title contender.
Right now, the Knicks need to get their front office and team in order by not making any dumb decisions between now and then. Most importantly, they need to continue to develop their young players and figure out whether Jeff Hornacek is the right coach to take them to the next level.
When it comes to Irving, the Knicks will have chance to sign him, but so will many other teams. They need to make sure their house is in order before they approach him.
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