Kyrie Irving could be an unrestricted free agent in 2019 and the New York Knicks should have cap space available to sign him.
Kyrie Irving is from the New York area and he has yet to commit to signing an extension with the Boston Celtics. Therefore, many New York Knicks fans believe he’s a lock to come play in Madison Square Garden even though it is far too early to project the 2019 free agent class.
Recently, Irving may have inadvertently fanned the flames by telling Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“[The metro area] will always be home to me. I’m from New Jersey — to just be clear. This is where I grew up, man.”
Irving attempted to dispell any rumors that he’s secretly planning a move to New York at the very same time by lamenting how each and everything he says is dissected and analyzed for some secret message. Irving told Berman:
“I had somebody dissect me on TV saying, ‘What is he actually saying here?’ ’’ Irving said. “So I thought that was pretty funny. ‘Kyrie is saying he wants to win a championship, what is he actually saying here?’ ”
That is the way free agency goes in the NBA today. Every fan and member of the media alike are trying to put together any clues they can find—even when they aren’t really clues.
Bottomline, no one knows what is going to happen in the free agency of 2018, let alone in 2019. A lot can change between now and the 2019 offseason so there’s really no sense in trying to predict what will happen this time next year.