There is a chance Kyrie Irving has played his final game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
Before the end of the month, Kyrie Irving has to decide whether to pick up his player option for the 2022-23 NBA season or test the market as an unrestricted free agent.
The Brooklyn Nets star point guard has a player option worth around $36.9 million. Shams Charania’s reporting suggests things are not exactly going swimmingly between Brooklyn and their polarizing point guard. After missing more than half of his team’s games because he does not believe in mandates, the Nets managed to win precisely zero playoff games this past postseason.
Though he will have somewhat of a market, here are the three most likely landing spots for Irving.
Kyrie Irving: 3 NBA teams for Brooklyn Nets point guard if he opts out of contract
New York Knicks
It would be so freaking New York Knicks if they ended up landing Kyrie Irving
The New York Knicks are the epitome of having multiple problems they can never seem to handle simultaneously. But what the hey? Why not step up to the plate to try to land a talented player from a rival team in the same metroplex? What could possibly go wrong? Then again, the NBA is at its very core an entertainment product and we want to be entertained, dammit. Let’s do this thing!
New York is basketball Mecca, despite rarely having a point guard worth a damn. By getting Irving by way of a sign-and-trade, or just signing him off the street, James Dolan is going to have more money than he could possibly ever know what to do with. Will the Knicks win games? Highly unlikely, but it will be a blockbuster powder keg in the Big Apple. Irving to the Knicks? Sign me up!
Not to say Irving will win more games playing for New York, but it will totally raise his star power.