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Ed Davis not sure Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell pairing can work with Nets

Ed Davis, Kyrie Irving, D'Angelo Russell

Brooklyn Nets veteran big man Ed Davis doesn’t think a potential Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell pairing can work in Brooklyn.

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.