This offseason has been nothing short of one of the greatest drama series in cinema history. The Brooklyn Nets star players Kevin Durant along with Kyrie Irving have established there’s turmoil. Many agree, even if this season is finished in Brooklyn for both stars they will be the first thing smoking after it is concluded. There continue to be several twists and turns in the Irving Saga in particular. The latest piece of information that’s surfaced is the Los Angeles Lakers and Nets trade has zero to no traction, tweeted Shams Charania for the Athletic.
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There’s no secret, that Irving is one of the Lakers’ biggest targets this offseason and possibly next. While the Nets want similar if not more value for both stars, it seems a bit unrealistic. Not many teams can provide value for both stars outside of the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Both of these teams have young core players surrounded by star players and aren’t looking to break this core up to bring either of these stars to their organizations.
Kyrie Irving’s Future
The Nets are attempting to find a package that makes sense for equal value unless they will lose him for essentially nothing. The Nets want something in return for him at the very least. However, the Nets lack leverage amongst their co-stars. Many don’t want to admit it, but it appears Irving has the majority of the leverage. Now, that Irving has opted into his final year on his deal-making $36.4 million, reported Jack Maloney for CBS Sports. The Nets are forced to trade him or allow him to stay for another season which may cause even more turmoil.
There are speculations that Irving may be potentially joining forces with the Detroit Pistons. A photo surfaced recently featuring Durant, Irving, and rookie SG Cade Cunningham . This could have been a simple workout or an attempt to feel out his future team out. However, Irving has the NBA media in a frenzy attempting to figure out his next move.
While this appears to be a possibility it seems unlikely due to the fact that the Pistons don’t have enough capital to acquire Irving and Durant.
Kyrie Irving and Cade Cunningham. 🔥
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