By now, all of the basketball world knows Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler are good friends. The two hit it off at Team USA practices a few years ago and before he demanded a trade last year, there were rumors Irving was trying to get Butler to come to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving was also interested in playing for the Chicago Bulls before Butler was traded. It was also said that Butler lobbied for the Minnesota Timberwolves management to find a way to bring his friend to Minnesota.
Rumblings of this happening
There have been rumblings for over a year now that those two greatly desire to be teammates. It seems they want to form their own version of a super team. Whether or not that comes to pass, though, will be something that we’ll have to wait until around this time next year to discover. Both star players are technically signed through the 2019-2020 season. Both carry player options that will allow them to enter free agency next year. They would be sure to have loads of suitors lining up not just individually, but as a duo. With all of the talent that Irving has around him with the Boston Celtics, though, would it be wise of him to leave?
Can it really happen?
The answer depends on where he ends up going. Any team with a back court comprised of Irving and Butler would shine. It remains to be seen what types of teams could draw both star guards. Irving has been linked to the New York Knicks in the past. A team up with Kristaps Porzingis would be interesting to say the least. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, there’s probably not many avenues for Butler to become a Celtic. If Irving stays, it’ll be with his current star-studded squad, rather than with his best friend joining the fold. Al Horford would need to leave Boston for the team to have any chance at signing Butler, which seems unlikely.
I’ve written recently about how this year needs to be the year where Irving asserts his dominance and becomes a true leader on the court. Boston has a combination of young, budding stars and capable veterans around him in Boston. This isn’t something that he will easily find somewhere if he really does decide to opt out. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown might not be as heralded as his friends. No matter, this team is built to win now and in the future. Irving would be smart to look around him before jumping ship. We all know how much he needs to lead a team to the promise land.