Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Kyrie Irving Strongly Considering Nets If He Does Not Re-Sign With Celtics – LakersNation.com

Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Kyrie Irving \Strongly Considering\ Nets If He Does Not Re-Sign With Celtics - LakersNation.com
Brooklyn Nets like Kyrie Irving, but how much does he like them?
Kyrie Irving is a popular guy. He has a strong relationship with Kevin Durant and rumors of them pairing up on the Knicks next season have been rampant all over the league this season. Irving also is hanging out with LeBron James in Los Angeles, and LBJ is reportedly up for the idea of getting the band back together (minus Kevin Love, and in Los Angeles this time). Boston has every intention of keeping Irving, and ideally pairing him with Anthony Davis who they would acquire via trade.

The Brooklyn Nets will be free agent players this summer and think they would be an excellent fit for Irving. The goal would be to pair him with All-Star DAngelo Russell in the backcourt, reports Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Kyrie Irving Strongly Considering Nets If He Does Not Re-Sign With Celtics

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Reports: Nets, Kyrie Irving have mutual interest

Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston. Irvings camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.

SNY also learned recently that the Nets would not shy away from signing Irving even if they re-sign point guard DAngelo Russell. The ideal scenario would be to pair two max free agents, such as Kevin Durant and Irving, but sources say the Nets would be open to pairing Irving and Russell in the backcourt together.

The Nets, just like the Clippers, could be major players in free agency this summer (the Clippers are more focused on Kawhi Leonard, but if he chooses to stay in Toronto the Clippers will be a potential force in trades and on the free agent market). This is a young team that surprised everyone and made the playoffs this season, they have a good culture and good role players, they just need a star or two to take them over the top.

Irving will have options and you can bet his decision is not yet made. He may be leaning one way or another, but circumstances with other players and time to think things over may (likely will) change his mind. Maybe a few times.

Share Share Reports: Nets, Kyrie Irving have mutual interest tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Both Anthony Puccio, writing for SNY, and Brian Lewis report that the Nets have interest in Kyrie Irving, with or without Kevin Durant, and that the 63 Celtics guard has been tracking the Nets progress as well. The Nets in fact think a backcourt of Irving and DAngelo Russell work in Brooklyn, the two write.

Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston. Irvings camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.

SNY also learned recently that the Nets would not shy away from signing Irving even if they re-sign point guard DAngelo Russell. The ideal scenario would be to pair two max free agents, such as Kevin Durant and Irving, but sources say the Nets would be open to pairing Irving and Russell in the backcourt together.

A source tells me that there are some within the Nets organization that feel a DAngelo Russell-Kyrie Irving pairing could work, that the two All-Star point guards could not only coexist but thrive.

Lewis spoke as well with Kevin Boyle, the high school coach who worked with Irving at St. Patricks High School in New Jersey and with Russell at Montverde Academy in Florida. Boyle told Lewis that the two are friendly and he believes strongly that they would work well together in Brooklyn.

I 1,000 percent think that could work. DAngelo knows Kyrie, likes him, respects him. That could work with both sides. Kyrie could help DAngelo to that top-10, top-15 level, Boyle said. I could see that blending together nicely. Not everybody fits with everybody. I dont know why in Boston the things didnt fit [for Irving], but it could fit there.

They could play together, because both are guys who can score, get their shot own shot, yet both are outstanding passers and spray the ball around.

Earlier this month, Caesars sports book in Las Vegas put the Nets as the favorite to land the 27-year-old

Irving will be a top free agency target if he decides to opt out this summer. He was an NBA champion with the Cavaliers in 2016 as well as an Olympic gold medalist that same year in Rio de Janiero. He also has a gold medal from the FIBA World Cup in 2017. He was named MVP of the World Cup and is a six-time NBA All-Star.

Interest in Irving is not dependent on the Nets signing Durant, the two report, and theres every indication Brooklyn will pursue KD should he opt out of his Warrior contract. Irving, who grew up in West Orange, a fan of the Nets and Jason Kidd — a player with whom he shares the same birthday (March 23) . He attended countless New Jersey Nets games while growing up, hes said in the past.

[The metro area] will always be home to me. Im from New Jersey, to just be clear. This is where I grew up, Irving told The Post last summer.

Irving averaged 23.2 points and 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists last season but missed 15 games and became the scapegoat for Bostons disappointing season.

There are certainly questions about whether he fits or not. If he decides to leave Boston, hell be joining his third team in four years. He had issues playing with younger players, particularly this past season. Furthermore, he has an injury history that may deter teams from committing to him long-term.

However, if the Nets were to pair Russell and Irving, they would immediately have one of the toughest backcourts in the Eastern Conference. That alone might be enough for both sides to take a chance on one another.

All this follows Tim Leglers comments to Stephen A. Smith Friday about how KD and/or Kyrie would fit better in Brooklyn than Manhattan. If youre talking about stability and style and toughness and getting there with some of the pieces they already have… to me thats ready made to immediately contend.


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