The Brooklyn Nets, according to reports, are the most likely destination for free agent point guard Kyrie Irving. Whether fans in Brooklyn actually want Irving to sign with their team is another story.
The New York Post tweeted a poll question Tuesday night asking its followers if the Nets should sign Irving, and the results are a bit surprising. As of noon on Wednesday, 53 percent of the people who responded to the poll voted "no."
These results will change in one direction or the other before the poll closes, but it is interesting that a decent amount of fans are hesitant about the Nets pursuing Irving.
The Nets are a team on the rise and adding a superstar player of Irving's caliber to their roster would be the next step in the team's development toward championship contention. Irving didn't exactly do his reputation any favors in Boston last season. His lack of leadership was among the reasons why the Celtics failed to meet expectations and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks in disappointing fashion.
Brooklyn has a scrappy, hard-working team with a great culture. Irving is not the type of player you'd want to throw into that mix, unless, of course, he was being joined by another superstar free agent such as Kevin Durant. Durant would be the face of the franchise in that scenario, and we have evidence of Irving thriving as the No. 2 option on a championship-caliber team.
Nets fans have waited several years to be in the mix for a title, and they likely would welcome Irving with open arms if he signed with the team this summer. But it probably wouldn't take long for those same fans to turn on Irving if the Nets don't have a strong start next season. New York is not the most forgiving market for star players who don't meet expectations.
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