Kyrie Irving is a year away from hitting the NBA free agency market. The Celtics’ point guard appears to be happy in Boston, but there will be plenty of rumors swirling regarding his future throughout the 2018-19 season.
One team is being mentioned the most when it comes to Irving’s upcoming free agency: the New York Knicks.
Irving, of course, is a New York City area native. He played high school ball in North Jersey and has reportedly talked about coming home to play at some point in his NBA career.
NBC Sports is reporting that the Knicks are going to make Irving their No. 1 priority in 2019.
“I’ve spoken with people within (the Knicks) 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 (next) summer, Kyrie would be their first, second, third, and fourth choice,” NBC’s A. Sherrod Blakely told Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill on the “Bulls Talk Podcast.”
The Knicks were reportedly one of the teams Irving was interested in being traded to before the Cavs shipped him to Boston.
New York will have a ton of cap space next summer. There are several marquee free agents in 2019, from Irving to Kevin Durant to Jimmy Butler.
The Knicks will surely be making a run at a bunch of them.