Maybe Kyrie Irving could still end up with the Knicks
For some odd reason the Boston Celtics have been struggling this season despite the fact that they’re loaded with so much young talent.
It’s also quite a surprise given the fact that the Celtics made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last season despite the fact that both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward missed the postseason with injuries.
After losing to the Orlando Magic this past Saturday night, Irving sounded like a guy that’s lost faith in his teammates.
“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team,” Irving told reporters . “What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?”
Irving also didn’t seem happy with Hayward.
Irving made it clear before the season that he plans on sticking around in Boston, but you have to wonder if he might reconsider with the way this season has been going.
One NBA executive said earlier in the season that he doesn’t care what Irving said about staying with the Celtics, he doesn’t believe the All-Star is sticking around.
After stating that he’s not leaving Boston, Kyrie admitted that signing with the Knicks would be special.
“I mean, every team was under consideration but obviously New York held a special place for me,” Irving said “Just being from (New) Jersey and obviously envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting and playing for (Knicks head coach David Fizdale) and a great young core that they have here. Thinking about playing with (Kristaps Porzingis). That was a big thing before I made my decision just to … plan on re-signing back with Boston. But yeah of course New York was a strong consideration.”
If the Knicks do end up having a legit chance of signing Kyrie this summer, they will need to free up a lot more cap space. They may not be able to get Kevin Durant as well unless they can unload the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee and their big contracts.
Now if Irving does end up with the Knicks, he will have to temper his expectations when it comes to winning, unless New York also brings in someone like Durant. But does Kyrie want to play with another superstar of Durant’s caliber after his time with LeBron James in Cleveland?
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