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Kyrie Irving Is Reportedly Already Doing Some Recruiting For Brooklyn

Kyrie Irving smiling during warmups for the NBA All-Star game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Kyrie Irving #11 goes past Victor Oladipo #4 of Team LeBron during practice at the Verizon Up Arena at LACC on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving hasn't even put the pen to paper yet on his impending deal with the Brooklyn Nets but he's already working to make them a contender next season. He's apparently working to recruit some of his ex-teammates to join him at the Barclays Center.

According to NBA writer Alex Kennedy, Kyrie recently spoke to Houston Rockets shooting guard Iman Shumpert about potentially moving to Brooklyn with him. He and Shumpert were teammates on Cleveland's 2016 NBA championship team.

The 29-year-old Shumpert spent the 2018-19 season split between the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets. He finished the season averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game.

Shumpert is pretty familiar with New York City, having started his career with the New York Knicks before being traded to Cleveland in 2015.

Kyrie is expected to sign a four-year, $141 million contract with the Nets when the NBA free agency period opens on Sunday afternoon.

The Nets made the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2015, but made several big moves to clear space for two max free agents.

While Iman Shumpert may not be in the running for the second of those two contracts, the presence of two key members of the 2016 NBA champions may be enticing to other big-name free agents.