The Brooklyn Nets just bolstered their title aspirations this season after swooping in on former San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge. Nets star Kyrie Irving has spoken out about his team's latest addition, and it's safe to say that Kyrie is pretty happy about their latest mid-season recruit.
Irving had nothing but praise towards Aldridge as he talked up how the veteran is expected to play a key role for Brooklyn moving forward (h/t Alex Schiffer of The Athletic):
Kyrie Irving says LaMarcus Aldridge's feel for the game is great. Can post-up or play on the perimeter. Likes that they're adding a veteran who was the focal point for his past team.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) March 30, 2021
Irving is stating the obvious here as there is no denying that the addition of Aldridge makes the Nets a much stronger side.
As it is however, the Nets are taking their time on Aldridge. He's been out of action for roughly one full month, and at this point, his conditioning has yet to reach peak levels. Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash earlier stated that he expects the former All-Star to make his debut in two to four games' time, so the good news for Nets fans is that they won't have to wait too long before Aldridge takes the floor.
Kevin Durant is also nearing a return and we should get our first peek at this new-look Nets side fairly soon. Once everyone is fully healthy, Brooklyn could field a lineup of Irving, James Harden, Durant, Blake Griffin, and Aldridge. That's a pretty scary five right there, and not many in the league will be able to matchup with that lineup.