Irving has a player option going into the offseason and can press the eject button if nothing in the form of an extension comes to fruition in Brooklyn. According to Knicks insider Ian Begley, there's at least some buzz coming from Irving's camp that a move across the East River is on their radar.
Last month, around the NBA Lottery, people around Irving said they saw the Knicks as a potential destination if Irving and the Nets couldn’t work out a new contract.
If such speculation on a Knicks move was made a couple of years back, Irving likely would have been welcomed with open arms. But the most recent version of Irving, one who has been injury prone and has exhibited enigmatic behavior even more so than in the past, has given more teams pause, potentially even the Knicks, whose front office is reportedly “wary” of such a move at least a few weeks back.
I don’t know the Knicks’ specific level of interest at the moment. I know that Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau has long been a fan of Irving’s game. He was part of the Team USA coaching staff who worked with Irving and other stars in 2016 Olympics, when the U.S. men’s team won the gold medal.
Last month, there were people within the Knicks organization who were wary of acquiring Irving. At that time, people in touch with the Nets expressed skepticism that the club would deal Irving to the Knicks if they ended up trading him.
It's no Ben Simmons-level fiasco, but the Kyrie Irving offseason saga will undoubtedly prove to be an interesting one.