Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to enter free agency this summer, and according to the New York Daily News, the former Cavaliers champion is rumored to favor the prospect of signing with the Brooklyn Nets over the New York Knicks.
The site cites a recent NBA TV interview with David Griffin, the former GM of the Cavaliers, who reportedly made similar claims about Irving's mindset and the best next move for his career. "I think Brooklyn is the fit that’s better for him in terms of his mindset," Griffin is quoted as saying. "I think he likes what they’ve done there, culturally."
However, over the past few months, as news began circulating about Irving's rumored decision to opt out of the final year of his Celtics contract, the New York Knicks were cited as a likely team for the 27-year-old superstar. Yet, the Daily News proposed that Irving could be coming to Brooklyn as a means of replacing Frank Ntilikina, the injury-prone Knicks point guard who missed the remainder of the season due to a troubled groin.
According to Bleacher Report, despite the "depleted draft picks" from the 2014 Nets-Celtics trade that landed two aging veterans on Brooklyn's court, the Nets appear "ready to make a leap."
Back in October, Irving pledged his commitment to resign with the Celtics, however the team's star point guard has made comments that have since created speculation surrounding his allegiances. "I don't owe anybody shit," Irving notably told reporters in February.
However, with Golden State's Kevin Durant rumored to be headed to Boston this summer, Irving's mindset is subject to change.