Ever since the Brooklyn Nets were eliminated in the 1st round of the 2022 playoffs, there’s been a lot of fuss surrounding star guard Kyrie Irving. The player entered his final season with the franchise and the Nets appeared reluctant to extend his stay beyond the contract term. The Kyrie Irving saga continues into the second week of July, despite exercising his player option and signing for another season with the Brooklyn Nets. The likelihood of the All-Star Guard leaving the Brooklyn Nets continues to grow, according to reports. ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst’s latest take on Irving suggests the same thing.
Commentary on Kyrie’s future with the Nets, Brian said on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ show, “The market on Kyrie remains frozen. The only team known to have an interest in the Los Angeles Lakers. and the Nets have set the mood that they want to make a Kevin Durant trade first before moving on to Kyrie.”
According to the details given by Windhorst, “So Kyrie will be welcome at games. The Nets would love for him to play in the summer league games, but I think he played his last game for the Brooklyn Nets.” Kevin Durant’s trading remains the cornerstone for the Nets front office as they seek to build on their most valuable assets first. But the Brooklyn Nets have not found an acceptable offer for superstar Kevin Durant. Interestingly, the Nets’ unwillingness to offer Irving a maximum deal is reportedly behind KD’s trade request being processed first by the franchise.
Kyrie Irving will definitely play with LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers
As previously explained, the Nets will first assess the KD trade situation before proceeding with any type of deal for Irving. But after several teams’ failed attempts, they may need to move Kyrie before practice begins. The market for Kyrie Irving is also dry, with only the Lakers showing strong interest in the former rookie of the season.
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Depending on the situation, franchises could trade their Star Guards Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, reuniting former teammates from both franchises. The Lakers need to factor in Russell Westbrook’s expiring $47 million contract to complete the deal, while Kyrie’s player option sits at around $36 million.
That’s $11 million more than Kyrie Irving’s current contract. Initial reports indicated that the Nets were looking for draft picks for the 2016 champion, but the Lakers were unwilling to offer them as they have very limited resources to build on going forward. Instead, the LA team requested the addition of Seth Curry, who has a one-year, $8 million deal with the Nets. But Brooklyn is trying to move Joe Harris instead, delaying the deal’s completion.
Former MVP Westbrook’s salary remains the deal’s major stumbling block, with the Brooklyn Nets refusing to absorb the massive amount. The latest updates revolve around the addition of a third team as the San Antonio Spurs are rumored to be facilitating a deal between the Lakers and the Nets. They have the cap space to take Westbrook’s contract in exchange for draft compensation and could match Brooklyn’s demands.
The Los Angeles Lakers will prioritize Russell Westbrook’s move after a failed experiment and they have influence as the only team interested in Kyrie Irving. The Nets are also said to be tired of Kyrie’s situation and its negative impact on the franchise that they want him out of the franchise sooner or later. Both teams approach the deal cautiously, with plenty of time in hand.
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