Knicks Prioritizing Kyrie Irving In 2019 Free Agency: Report

The New York Knicks will have money to spend next summer and there are plenty of All-Stars that could be available free agency. Among them is Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving, who is entering the final year of his contract with a player option for the 2019-20 season. 

On Wednesday, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports told the Bulls Talk podcast that the 26-year old point guard is the Knicks' top priority should he hit the open market after the 2018-19 campaign.

Earlier this Summer, Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix explained on his podcast why the Celtics should be concerned about Irving leaving to join the New York Knicks as a free agent in 2019.

In his first season with the Celtics, Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game and was named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career. A knee surgery cause him to miss Boston's post-season run but the young team still managed to take the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Not to mention, they played without All-Star forward Gordon Hayward for the entire season.

The Celtics are primed to be a contender for years to come, whereas the Knicks, coming off a 29-53 season, are stuck in "rebuild mode" as they haven't reached the playoffs since the 2012-13 campaign.

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