Buzz About Kyrie Irving Leaving Celtics for Knicks Continues to Grow
The All-Star point guard can leave Boston in unrestricted free agency next summer.
Kyrie Irving’s second season with the Boston Celtics has yet to begin this fall, but the buzz about where the All-Star guard will be going once it’s over next summer continues to get louder.
On the Bulls Talk podcast, Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakey, said sources within the New York Knicks have told him the organization will try to poach Irving from their rivals to the north once the All-Star point guard hits unrestricted free agency.
“I can tell you right now, the New York Knicks, he is their No. 1 target,” Blakey said. “I’ve spoken with people within that 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 this summer, Kyrie would be their first, second, third and fourth choice.”
And Blakey isn’t the only one to speculate Irving is headed to the Big Apple as Knicks insider Frank Isola also suggests the Knicks have designs on luring the 26-year-old to New York.
Irving also isn’t the only big fish the Knicks are attempting to lure to their pond as Isola also says the organization is hoping to attract Kevin Durant to town next summer using the lure of playing with Kristaps Porzingis as bait.
“Best case scenario Kevin Knox is playing well, Frank Ntilikina has developed and Porzingis is back to being healthy and you have a lottery pick,” Isola said on Chris Mannix’s Yahoo Sports NBA podcast. “Now things might look different for a prospective free agent and you might start talking about guys like Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant. It’s not going to be easy to get either of those guys but at least the Knicks would be in the running for it.”
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