Playing for the Knicks did intrigue Kyrie Irving
It seems like ever since point guard Kyrie Irving was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics prior to last season, he’s been linked with a possible move to the Knicks during the summer of 2019, which is when he can opt out of his current deal.
Irving put those rumors to bed prior to the season after making it clear that he’s staying in Boston prior to a preseason game.
Following Saturday night’s Knicks-Celtics game at The Garden, Kyrie admitted that he really considered leaving for the Knicks, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
Kyrie Irving says signing with the Knicks was a strong consideration before he decided to commit to re-signing with Boston
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 21, 2018
Kyria admitted that playing for head coach David Fizdale and along with Kristaps Porzingis was attractive to him.
Kyrie Irving said he considered the Knicks as a potential free-agent destination before he committed to re-sign with Boston. He mentioned having grown up in New Jersey, playing with Kristaps Porzingis and playing for David Fizdale as factors that were attractive to him.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 21, 2018
I can’t say that I blame Kyrie for not wanting to leave Boston for New York.
The Celtics are one of the best run NBA teams in the league with Danny Ainge at the helm. While the Knicks have been a train wreck under CEO James Dolan.
Irving is also “the man” with the Celtics while also being surrounded by great young talent like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
If Irving left for the Knicks, he may not like it if they bring in another star like Kevin Durant.
Right now, the Knicks and their fans can only hope that Kyrie will change his mind after this season, but that is highly unlikely.
For now, the Knicks can only hope to land Durant and another star player next summer.
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