Jefferson: "Kyrie Will Not Be Influenced By Anybody"

Richard Jefferson predicted where Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis will play next season

Zach Gelb
February 18, 2019 - 9:57 am

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From Kevin Durant to Anthony Davis to Kyrie Irving, many of the NBA’s top players could be on different teams next season.

Former NBA player Richard Jefferson dropped by The Zach Gelb Show to offer predictions on all three.

“It’s always difficult to talk about guys that you don’t actually personally know – and if you know them, you don’t want to give out any information that you might have,” Jefferson prefaced. “Just knowing Kyrie, I know that Kyrie will not be influenced by anybody. If you think that bringing in Anthony Davis (will) influence Kyrie to stay there, no, that could be counter-productive. You want to convince Kyrie to stay there because you believe that (Boston) is the best fit for him.”

Irving, who helped the Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016 before demanding a trade in 2017, has seemingly had one foot out of the door since arriving in Boston. Jefferson, who played with Irving from 2015-17, won’t be surprised if the 26-year-old is playing elsewhere next season.

“I think there’s a connection to the Knicks,” Jefferson said. “I think Brooklyn can make a great, great argument for Kyrie also. I think they’re an actual better team than the Knicks.”

That said, if the Knicks draft Zion Williamson, New York could become an attractive destination for Irving – and Durant.

If Jefferson had to guess, however, he believes Durant isn’t going anywhere.

I think Kevin Durant stays,” Jefferson said. “I think they have the opportunity to win four in a row. Everyone is always chasing something. Kobe was chasing Michael. Bron was chasing Kobe and Michael. Now you got Kevin Durant trying to chase LeBron to be the best player on the planet. If he’s able to win four in a row, that’s something none of those guys were able to do. Has any player won four in a row since the Celtics?”

Answer: no.

“Everything is about the argument when you talk about legacy talk,” Jefferson said. “If he can four in a row – that Michael didn’t do, that Magic didn’t do, that Kobe didn’t do, that Bron didn’t do – then he puts himself in that position. I feel like Kevin Durant is in the driver’s seat to do something that hasn’t been done by anybody that you could possibly compare him to. So that’s why I would lean toward him staying.”

Click below to hear Jefferson’s thoughts about Anthony Davis, among other topics.