Kyrie Irving signs with Nets

2019-07-08 02:29:53 GMT2019-07-08 10:29:53(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NEW YORK, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Six-time NBA all-star Kyrie Irving has agreed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 27-year-old point guard, who spent more than eight seasons with the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, has averaged 22.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals over 508 career games. He also helped the Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA title and was a member of the United States' 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning squad.

"The entire coaching staff is excited to have the opportunity to coach a player of Kyrie's caliber," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

"He's as talented and accomplished as any point guard in our game and we are enthusiastic about integrating him and our other new roster additions into our returning core," he added.

With superstar forward Kevin Durant set to miss next season after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon, the Nets have looked to strengthen their squad in his absense, and also signed All-star center DeAndre Jordan earlier on Saturday.