Brooklyn Nets rollercoaster takes another crazy turn amid Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant uncertainty
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s future are currently up in the air. What does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets?
On the Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/xphBIP8LB3— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2022
Who could Irving join?
Irving would like to be considered by the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. Interest is not reciprocated by all, with the player keen on each of these franchises, but he is not a priority for all of them.
If Irving declines his $36M player option, he would be eligible to sign with the Lakers for the $6M exception. Deadline is Wednesday to decide on option.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2022
Draymond Green says the Lakers couldn't beat the Warriors even if they added Kyrie Irving 🍿 pic.twitter.com/0N9A5MeoXh— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@sportingnews) June 26, 2022
As for the Clippers, they have some pieces that could benefit Brooklyn - who are in win-now mode.
Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson are all tradeable, unlike dynamic duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Kyrie with the Clippers could be the third star they are missing, as they, like the Nets, hunt for their first NBA championship.
Could Kevin Durant also leave?
He is 'monitoring' the franchise's situation, according to Shams Charania. Irving and Durant are good friends, and if Kyrie doesn't want to be in Brooklyn, it's unlikely that KD will want to be as the only star in the team, especially after he failed to win with both James Harden and Irving, and then just Irving.
Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2022
This now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade.