To add even more gas to the rumor-mill fire, Kyrie Irving was seen in New York. Was he potentially meeting with the Knicks? Maybe, or was he just enjoying some time in the greatest city in the world…
The Knicks have been linked to Irving recently as they prepare to drop two max-contracts this offseason on star players. Both Kevin Durant and the Celtics star are in the running to join the Knicks in the Mecca of basketball, however, nothing is set in stone.
The New York Knicks will have to fight for Kyrie Irving:
It was rumored that Irving could be interested in the Brooklyn Nets, which could create some confusion considering he’s in New York, a short train ride or deluxe Uber in Irving’s case to Barclay’s Center. Hopefully, he’s taking the shuttle train from Grand Central straight to Time Square and a short city walk down to MSG.
Hosting Irving will be interesting, considering the treatment he’s received throughout his career. The injury-prone point guard would be a perfect fit alongside Durant, said every Knicks fan ever.
Binging in both players would instantly improve the roster and move some of the youth into reserve roles, which would ultimately be beneficial for their development. It would also create a strong foundation that would limit the star’s fatigue.
If the Knicks are in competition with the Nets to lure Irving to New York, they need to ensure him he will have a co-star to utilize and the 3rd overall pick to further bolster the team with talent. They currently have Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson. Dennis Smith Jr., Allonzo Trier, and Damyeon Dotson on the team. All of which gained exponential experience in 2018, putting them in a position to succeed next season with two max-contract players added to the roster.