Justise Winslow and Kyrie Irving never played together in college at Duke, but there’s a chance it could happen in the NBA. In fact, Winslow is hoping it does.
“I’m good friends with Kyrie (Irving), but it’s not really like free agency. Kyrie doesn’t really have a huge say-so in where he goes,” Winslow said according to The Sun Sentinel. “He’s going to get traded. So a lot of it is not in his hands, but I would love to play with Kyrie.”
Winslow added that he likes the current structure of the Miami Heat roster, but, of course, just about anybody in the league would want to play with Irving right now.
The Heat small forward is correct, though, that Irving won’t necessarily have a huge say in where he lands. He is under contract for two more seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Winslow also said he could “appreciate” a fellow Duke alum trying to spread his wings.
“Some people don’t agree; some people do agree. But for him, I know that he’s been waiting for this moment to have his own team. I’m happy for him.”
Irving was an immediate star as a freshman at Duke, leading the Blue Devils to the Sweet 16 before heading to the NBA to be the No. 1 pick in 2011. He has played his entire career with the Cavaliers.
Since LeBron James returned to Cleveland, the Cavaliers have been to the NBA Finals three consecutive seasons and won the title in 2016. Irving hit the game-winning shot of that series in Game 7.
Winslow played just one season at Duke as well, helping the Blue Devils win the national title in 2015. He was the No. 10 overall pick for the Heat two years ago.