New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets target Kyrie Irving is reportedly likely to leave the Boston Celtics and test NBA free agency.
Irving will test free agency in what should be a huge summer for that market. The former Cleveland Cavaliers and Duke guard will be one of the top guys in the market along with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.
Irving is expected to consider both the Knicks and the Nets as options for his eventual destination. This would be a phenomenal pickup for the Knicks, who are slated to draft RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
The NBA champion point guard isn’t the only guy the Knicks could look towards signing this offseason.
Begley writes, “It’s logical to presume that who they pursue depends to a large degree on who Durant wants to play with. Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson are among the players expected to test free agency this summer. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis will also be available via trade, and New York will be interested.”
The Knicks could essentially pick up two of these max free agents this summer. If that were to happen, the roster and team could turn around in one season.
You could also consider trading the No. 3 pick. Say they trade that pick and a player to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, and then sign Irving and Durant. That turns the Knicks, who were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, into a championship-caliber roster.
All the Knicks have to do is be smart with their decisions this summer and they can become legitimate contenders in the eastern conference.