NEW YORK – All-Star Guardian Kyrie Irving said before signing up to sign with the Boston Celtics, he considered the New York Knicks a possible free-agent target.
Knick's rookie Kevin Knox received help after suffering a sprained left ankle against the Celtics on Saturday. The x-rays were negative, but it was unclear whether he would make the trip for the game against the Bucks on Monday.
"I mean, every team was considered, but of course New York held a special place for me," Irving said after the Celtics 1
Irving, 26, said last month that plans He has a player option for 2019-20, the final season of his $ 94 million five-year contract.
"I think if you were in my position that would be an easy decision," Irving decision said "I'm thinking about who we have (in Boston) and in the future and what we're built for." For me, it was exactly where I'm old and I like my career And the kind of guys that came before me in the Boston Celtics is something I wanted to participate in … Obviously, my dad and mother met in Boston so I had a lot of history, of course from New Jersey, there's history there, but Boston, there's nothing like it.
Irving was one of the players in the free-agent class of 2019, where the Knicks had strong interest, per league, but since Irving is likely to have disappeared from the market, New York is planning a top free one this summer. Agent – a class that includes Golden State striker Kevin Durant, Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard striker, and Minnesota Timberwolves Jimmy Butler.
New York Currently worth $ 31 million worth of projects, almost enough money to afford a maximum free agent.
The maximum contract planned for next season for a player with seven to nine years of service is $ 32.7 million, the maximum contract predicted for a player over 10 years old Service is $ 38.15 million
So the Knicks must complete at least one more transaction that reduces their salary commitments 2019-20 to a free agent for a maximum trust g to sign.