Though he had publicly committed to returning to the Boston Celtics previously, free-agent-to-be Kyrie Irving has yet to put pen to paper and sign an extension with the team.
And, if the Celtics — who are 25-17 and currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference — continue to struggle, there’s a chance Irving changes his mind about staying in green.
If he does, it’s likely the New York Knicks would be at the top of Irving’s destination list … and they could certainly use him.
New York’s point guard situation is a mess with former top draft pick Frank Ntilikina failing to take the reins on the job from upcoming free agent Emmanuel Mudiay.
The Knicks could desperately use a player of Irving’s caliber and it’s possible the bright lights of New York could be enough to convince the 26-year-old to leave a talented, yet underachieving, Boston club.
When he was in New York for an October game against the Knicks, Irving — who grew up in New Jersey — discussed the possibility of coming to NYC.
“Obviously New York held a special place for me, being from Jersey and obviously envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting, playing for Fiz and the great young core they have, thinking about playing here,” he said. “Playing with KP [Kristaps Porzingis], that was a big thing before I made my decision to plan on re-signing back with Boston. But yeah, of course, New York was a strong consideration.”
With frustrations mounting in Boston, it’s possible New York comes back into the picture and becomes a strong consideration for Irving once again.