Kyrie Irving sent shockwaves throughout the NBA when news circulated that he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James anymore. The news comes at a peculiar time given the Cavs just fired their GM and didn’t secure the trade for Paul George. As a result, now it looks as though Kyrie has one foot out of Cleveland. If he’s looking to be a focal point on any other team, his best chances of competing (and being recognized as the franchise player) is on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Miami Heat, The New York Knicks, The San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves are all teams the superstar is considering. With that said, Kyrie has made it very clear he has the talent and leadership qualities to be THE key player and not “one of” the key players. If he’s thinking long term and the possibilities of actually winning, the Timberwolves is his best shot and here’s why:
The Timberwolves are a young team that can follow his lead
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a very young team. Kyrie’s would go from one of the youngest players on the Cavs’ roster to one of the oldest players at just 25. Why does this matter? Well, a young team can always get better and play longer. He can be spearheading the new era of Timberwolves dominance. Plus we’ve all seen what an “old Kyrie” can do – *cough* *Uncle Drew *cough*.
Already has chemistry with Jimmy Butler
The Timberwolves just got another pick up during the off season, Jimmy Butler. This definitely adds to the their allure. Along with young players, the Timberwolves also brought in an All-star guard with plenty of experience to make up a pretty lethal backcourt. Not to mention, Jimmy and Kyrie already get along great. Which is very important for any team dynamic.
Most complete roster with a lot of potential
Along with Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves already have players that look to be a dominant force in the NBA in the next few years. Sometimes young guys get better when they’re pushed and molded buy older guys who have championship experience. Kyrie should already be familiar with that concept.
This is the role that Kyrie would be stepping into and seems to be ready for. With the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zac LaVine, this squad looks extremely promising. Though the competition is the Western Conference is tough, one thing this squad has on their side if their youth, their chemistry and all the pieces they need to disrupt the West.