Hometown ties are hard to deny.

LeBron did it when he left Miami to steer the Cavs to their first-ever championship in 2016.

Irving has NBA Finals experience. He’s seen first-hand what it takes to earn the world’s highest basketball honor. There’s no better feeling than digging your hometown team — yes, the Knicks count for north Jersey — out of mediocrity and back into the playoff picture.

Irving reportedly wants to be the man. Even though he attempted more shots than LeBron last season — the first time one of The King’s teammates has ever taken more field goals than him — he’s been essentially an off-guard for the past three years.

In New York, he can be the man again. He can join forces with Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. to form a budding young trio hoping to push the Knicks back to the relevance they had at the beginning of this decade.

rim this season, per NBA.com’s defensive stats tool.

Gasol, on the other hand, only allowed opponents to shoot 52 percent in that same range. Six percent makes a huge difference in the league — especially when you’re going up against players like LeBron James, John Wall, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Those players all live at the rim, and allowing them to generate good looks there is bad for the defense.

The Celtics certainly have the firepower to trade for Gasol. Aside from their two prospects they San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys already have in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, they also have a collection of picks at their disposal, including the Real Cheap Jerseys Grizzlies’ own in 2019 from a previous deal.

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