Kyrie a better fit with Nets, not Knicks, says former GM Griffin

Colton Jones

Many have linked Kyrie Irving to the New York Knicks this summer, when the six-time All-Star point guard will hit free agency.

While a New York team is indeed perhaps the best fit for Irving, about to finish his second season with the Boston Celtics, one former NBA general manager believes it's not the Knicks.

David Griffin, former GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, said during recent NBA TV interview that the Brooklyn Nets would be a better landing spot for Irving than the tenants of Madison Square Garden.

“I think Brooklyn is the fit that’s better for [Irving] in terms of his mindset,” Griffin said. “I think he likes what they’ve done there, culturally.”

The Nets already have an All-Star point guard in D'Angelo Russell. However, a backcourt of Irving and Russell is not an unrealistic possibility.

Irving, though born in Australia, grew up in New Jersey, where he starred at Saint Patrick High School before moving on to the collegiate level, where he played 11 games for Duke, missing 26 games with an injured toe on his right foot.

He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by Cleveland, for which he hit the game-winning shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Irving demanded a trade in the summer of 2017 and was subsequently dealt to the Celtics on Aug. 22 of that year.