LeBron James made a decision this summer and it looks like his former teammate Kyrie Irving will have one of his own next summer.
According to the New York Times‘ Marc Stein, there are already “credible rumblings” the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks will pursue Irving when the next free-agency window opens July 1, 2019.
Stein added, “Irving’s intentions are not at all clear at this point.
“There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit from Boston next summer or that he’s angling to go to New York—as is often speculated,” he wrote.
Irving will be a free agent in 2019 as an extension with the Boston Celtics would represent far less than what he can make on the open market.
There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that he is seriously considering leaving the Celtics as some have speculated.
Not too long ago, Knicks’ power forward Enes Kanter was projecting a possible 2019-2020 line up that would resemble that of a championship contending team.
2019 New York Knicks according to Enes Kanter:
– Kyrie Irving
– Jimmy Butler
– Kevin Knox
– Enes Kanter
– Kristaps Porzingis pic.twitter.com/ivBNPZ9UYV
— Knicks Nation (@knicksnationnet) July 26, 2018
Boston could still be in play to keep Irving. He is playing for a championship level team right now. It would be hard press for Irving to leave unless he desires to get his own team and a max contract. That’s something the Celtics aren’t a custom of doing.
With both the Knicks and Nets having plenty of salary cap space next summer, expect the speculation to not die down anytime soon.