The Knicks are one of several teams projected to have enough cap space to sign a max free agent in the summer of 2019, and on a recent episode of NBC Sports’ Bulls Talk podcast, Celtics reporter A. Sherrod Blakely said New York has its sights set on none other than Kyrie Irving.
“I can tell you right now: The New York Knicks, he is their No. 1 target,” Blakely said.”I’ve spoken with people within (the Knicks) organization. They have made it absolutely crystal clear to me that, if they had their pick of guys that are going to be in the free-agent market (next) summer, Kyrie would be their first, second, third, and fourth choice. He is a guy they definitely want.”
The New York Knicks plan to go all in on Kyrie Irving this offseason. That isn’t the greatest offseason strategy of all time and I don’t really want this article to be about whether or not they should sign him next summer or not.
I also don’t want to get into the financial struggles and the moves needed to acquire Irving considering that Kristaps Porzingis is ready to get the bag and the Knicks front office, being the masters of the salary cap that they are, gave Joakim Noah and Tim Hardaway Jr. the most insane salaries of all time.
Stay tuned down the road for a future article about the Knicks buying out Noah and using the stretch provision and the cap hit of their future lottery pick in next summer’s draft.
BUT, let’s just skip all those details and assume we all received an ESPN push notification that the New York Knicks just signed Kyrie Irving to the max. Now what? Does a team with Kyrie Irving and Kristaps Porzingis take over the Eastern Conference?
So does Kyrie Irving transform the New York Knicks into a title contender?
The answer is ‘yea, duh’ but it’s a little more complicated than that. Let’s start with the fact that the Boston Celtics become worse. Whatever you think about Terry Rozier, Kyrie’s current backup, he’s Kyrie’s backup. Terry Rozier is a worse player.
Now you have to look around at the conference and see who would have a better point guard than the Knicks. Here comes a prediction that I will delete if it doesn’t come true: Kemba Walker will be playing in the Western Conference next season and probably for the Lakers.
Kyrie Irving is better than Kyle Lowry who will be 33-years old and has never been the most athletic guy on the court. Who’s left? Goran Dragic? Laugh out loud. The only comparison is John Wall and based off of how much the Wizards hate Wall I’d rather take the laid back Kyrie Irving.
So combine Kyrie with Kristaps Porzingis and that’s a dangerous 1-2 combo. Plus, KEVIN KNOXXXXXX. Don’t be shocked if Kevin Knox walks away with the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year trophy.
*sniffs* You smell that? Ah yes, that’s a BIG 3. Add Frank Ntilikina locking down guards at the perimeter and with Enes Kanter and Joakim Noah (presumably) gone, the Knicks can go out there and get another star *cough* Jimmy Butler *cough*.
Yup, I’ve convinced myself that the New York Knicks are going to the NBA Finals in two years and no one can tell me otherwise.
Welcome home, Kyrie.
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