Ed Davis not sure Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell pairing can work with Nets
By all accounts, Irving is going to sign with the Nets once free agency starts on June 30. Russell becomes a restricted free agent this summer. The Nets could re-sign Russell even if they land Irving and deploy the two All-Stars in the backcourt together.
Davis, though, believes Russell is the right man to lead the Nets’ offense:
“I played with D’Angelo,” Davis told Michael Scotto of The Athletic. “I thought he did a hell of a job. He was an All-Star. I don’t know if them two (Irving and Russell) can work or however it’s going to go. I thought D’Angelo did a hell of a job, and I thought he was going to be the starting point guard for the future for Brooklyn, but like I said, you know how things go.
“That’s why Sean (Marks) and Kenny (Atkinson) get paid the big bucks to figure out things like that. I wish it was D’Angelo and I hope things work out for him. They will, but I don’t know Kyrie, so I’m all for DLo.”
Irving and Russell both need the ball in their hands to be effective, as neither player is a good off-ball guy. It’s going to be really interesting to see what the Nets decide to do with Russell should Irving sign with Brooklyn.