The Summer of Kyrie Irving has begun after he announced his unwillingness to play second fiddle to Cavs superstar LeBron James. Irving has expressed that he’s interested in playing for teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, and the New York Knicks.
Out of the four teams that Irving mentioned, the New York Knicks would be the most intriguing if he was to be traded to that particular franchise.
The reason is that he can indeed become the primary option for the Knicks basketball team. If Kyrie Irving wants to go the Michael Jordan route in regards to winning a championship, then his best option is to be traded to the New York Knicks and help build a contender from scratch.
If Irving contributed to at least winning one championship title to New York, it would put him on another level when it comes to being a superstar in today’s NBA. Not even LeBron James return to Cleveland would be able to measure up to Kyrie’s potential impact in “The Big Apple.”
The other three franchises would not be worse landing spots for Kyrie, but to me, it would be like going the Kevin Durant route to winning a title. Ball clubs such as the Spurs, Timberwolves, And the Miami Heat already have established stars on their team. The vibe that I am getting from Kyrie is that he wants to be clear cut primary option for their perspective ball clubs.
Playing in Cleveland along side LeBron James, Irving will not be able to become that type of player. To me it would be something special if Irving was to revitalize the Knicks franchise, they have not been relevant in the league for a long time. Now if Irving is traded to Knicks this summer, would they become a playoff team?
I think so, but they make it as a 6th or 8th seed in the East. However, for the Knicks that would be a significant improvement from previous seasons. Playing as a possible 8th seed would be unfamiliar territory for Kyrie, but that’s what it’s going to take to build a championship contender from scratch.
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