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Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell’s high school coach says All-Stars could ‘1,000 percent’ work together with Nets

Kyrie Irving, D'Angelo Russell, Nets

Kevin Boyle, who coached Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell in high school, says the All-Stars could “1,000 percent” work together with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets and Irving have mutual interest. Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, while Russell will hit restricted free agency.

Brooklyn has cap space to sign two max contract players in the offseason. The franchise would love to sign Irving and Kevin Durant, but they reportedly wouldn’t mind getting Irving and re-signing Russell to form an elite backcourt.

Boyle says Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell would co-exist on the Nets and make each other better players.

“I 1,000 percent think that could work,” Boyle told Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “D’Angelo knows Kyrie, likes him, respects him. That could work with both sides. Kyrie could help D’Angelo to that top-10, top-15 level. I could see that blending together nicely. Not everybody fits with everybody. I don’t know why in Boston the things didn’t fit [for Irving], but it could fit there.

“They could play together, because both are guys who can score, get their shot own shot, yet both are outstanding passers and spray the ball around. That could work together. Kyrie is a unique talent, top 10 in the league. When he’s going right, with the right crew, he can help lead a team to a championship as he’s already proven. That’s a fact.

“They’d be good together because they both don’t mind the other guy handling the ball. They don’t have to dominate the ball all the time. People accuse Kyrie of that, but when he has players with a similar skill-set, similar knowledge to make plays, he’s more apt to share. D’Angelo is one of those guys.”

Irving is going to be pursued by the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers as well. Uncle Drew could also decide to re-sign with the Celtics.

The Nets have a really bright future, and it’s going to be interesting to see which free agent they get this summer.