How much longer can such a storied franchise like the New York Knicks be a joke in the league? Probably as long as Joakim Noah's current outlandish contract.
Noah still has two years left of his fully-guaranteed $72.6 million contract, but the Knicks are hoping to overcome that huge fiscal roadblock as soon as next offseason. Surprisingly, some of the league's top stars seem to be interested.
Jimmy Butler liked a comment saying he and Kyrie should come to the Knicks next summer. pic.twitter.com/NnkCsXXLEL— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) July 12, 2018
Rumors about All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving teaming up in New York have been floating around for awhile, but this recent activity of Butler liking a fan's comment suggesting exactly that.
Or at least that is what it may look like on the surface. Earlier this week, Butler had similar Instagram activity suggesting a move to the Spurs was in his future.
One thing does appear to be certain though; Butler wants out of Minnesota.
And with reports that the Timberwolves are looking to extend Karl-Anthony Towns on a max deal rather than Butler suggest that the franchise is ready to move on as well.
The one major kink in any hopes of a Butler-Kyrie tandem in New York is the Boston Celtics. With LeBron now out of the Eastern Conference, it is very plausible that a healthy Kyrie and Gordon Hayward lead the Celtics all the way to the NBA Finals. Trying to lure Irving away from a stacked team after carrying them that far seems unlikely.
Also, Butler's Instagram activity should not be trusted. He can't play for the Spurs and the Knicks.