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D’Angelo Russell says Nets adding Kyrie Irving would ‘make us a better team,’ admits he ‘enjoyed the team that we had’ this season

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Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell says if the franchise signed Kyrie Irving this summer in free agency and kept him as well, the Nets would obviously become a better team since Irving is one of the best players in the league.

However, Russell admits he did enjoy how the Nets were built this season, seemingly hinting he wouldn’t mind running it back with the same unit next season.

“If we’re being completely honest, I enjoyed the team that we had this whole season,” Russell told Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “If the situation was to come up to have pieces of his (Kyrie’s) caliber around, it’ll make us a better team obviously. But I’m not going to say I didn’t enjoy our team, and the pieces we had around.”

The Nets have cap space to sign two max contract players this summer. Brooklyn has been heavily linked to Irving and Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.

Russell is a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning he can sign an offer sheet with another team if he wants, and then the Nets would have 48 hours to match the deal or let him walk.

Russell and Irving played for the same high school coach and have a relationship off the court. If the Nets aren’t able to sign Durant, they may focus on a Irving-Russell backcourt duo.