Kyrie Irving and the New York Knicks seem like a match made in heaven. The organization must do everything to bring the guard to the Big Apple.
Recently, Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the four teams Irving has requested to be traded to was the New York Knicks.
With aging superstar Carmelo Anthony looking like he will be on his way out of New York, a young star in Kyrie Irving would be a perfect replacement.
For the past few seasons, Irving has been considered by many as LeBron’s sidekick, but they’re quick to forget that he played a big part in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA championship. He hit the three pointer over Steph Curry in the final minute in Game 7 that sealed them the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
With a combination of LeBron James not being 100 percent committed to the Cleveland Cavaliers beyond next season and Irving looking to be the top star on a team, the New York Knicks may be the perfect destination.
Irving would be playing alongside a young Kristaps Porzingis, which would not only create a dynamic duo but would also make the 25-year-old the top dog in the Big Apple. Porzingis has a lot of potential for the future, so a Porzingis-Irving duo could bring some buzz back to the Garden down the road. Tim Hardaway Jr. would also be with them since New York signed him to a four-year deal.
Irving also been getting called overrated since he has been playing in Lebron’s “shadow.” Irving has never really had a chance to shine all by himself. Before James decided to come back to Cleveland in 2014 the Cavs organization where going in the direction of building around Kyrie Irving.
In 2014, they drafted Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick but with LeBron coming back the rebuild around Kyrie plan was done with and they decided to build a championship core around Lebron, and they did that by trading Wiggins for Kevin Love in Minnesota. Irving is coming off a season where he averaged 25 points, 5.8 assists, shot around 40 percent from three and 47.3 percent from the field.
If Irving lands in New York, he will have a place to prove himself to one that he can lead a team as well as end the overrated talk — especially if they make the playoffs.
Irving has also said that he badly wants to play for New York. It has been a long time since a superstar player has said that the wanted to go to New York and play for the Knicks. Irving was also raised not too far from New York. Irving grew up in New Jersey and played high school basketball at St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth which is known for producing a lot of NBA players from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Samuel Dalembert and Al Harrington to name a few.
With him growing up not too far from New York, Uncle Drew would be ready for the spotlight and his own challenges. The Knicks so do everything to try and acquire Irving but it won’t be easy. Aside from Tim Hardaway Jr., they also have Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee locked in on some hefty contracts.
But with Melo trying to get out an exchange for Kyrie doesn’t sound too bad. Only time will tell if Melo backs down from his “no Cleveland” stance.