If Knicks miss on Jalen Brunson, Malcolm Brogdon, they could shift focus on Kyrie Irving

If Knicks miss on Jalen Brunson, Malcolm Brogdon, they could shift focus on Kyrie Irving

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If Knicks miss on Jalen Brunson, Malcolm Brogdon, they could shift focus on Kyrie Irving

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As possible destinations go, the New York Knicks are working to clear salary-cap space, preparing to recruit Dallas Mavericks free-agent guard Jalen Brunson, sources say. He wanted a four-year, $55 million extension last offseason, but the Mavericks never made an offer, sources say. Because of the risk of losing Brunson for nothing to the Knicks, where his former agent, Leon Rose, is the president of basketball operations, and his father, Rick, is a newly hired assistant coach, it could take nearly a max contract for the Mavericks to keep him. If the Knicks fail to acquire Brunson in free agency and lose out on a trade for Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, they would probably take a look at the possibility of Kyrie Irving — if he was still available.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Jalen Brunson seeing the Pistons’ updated cap space pic.twitter.com/xfSY2Y54oK6:43 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Lot changed since Mar. (Ayton, etc. ) but had @Jake Fischer on pod & he predicted we could be talking more about #Pistons than people expect w/ a possible Jerami Grant deal kicking things off. Mentioned them as potential Jalen Brunson suitors too.
https://t.co/1NoqJ8adWu pic.twitter.com/Djcvgl1Xyl6:22 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Pistons could break Twitter right now by absorbing Russell Westbrook with their new cap space.
Take the 27/29 firsts and help the Lakers clear the way for Kyrie lmao. No Pistons fan is gonna be on board with it but it would amount to trading Grant and space for three 1sts. – 6:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane & I talk Kyrie (Lakers???), Harden, Options (Tucker, Batum, Connaughton), Hornets and even Ja Raffe! Watch, like & subscribe below. 18K subscribers soon!
Also, join us tomorrow night for our live NBA Draft show!
youtu.be/te7GNDjC2J45:35 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’m on @ESPNLosAngeles w/@John Ireland from 1-4pm PT! Talking Lakers, Dodgers, Gonsolin, Kyrie, NBA draft, the MANDY Awards, Rams, then upcoming @hulu Lakers doc and more! Listen up! AK – 4:28 PM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
What’s next for Warriors’ core, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Ayton and others foxsports.com/stories/nba/wh…3:57 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The latest on Kyrie Irving, which other teams legitimately factor into the discussion, updates on Jalen Brunson and P.J. Tucker and more … all via my latest around-the-league notebook freshly dispatched worldwide: marcstein.substack.com/p/kyrie-irving…3:48 PM
Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
folks really believe they KNOW what Kyrie is thinking and planning and that’s adorable to me. just precious 😂 – 3:39 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’ll believe Kyrie taking the TPMLE when I see it. I’m not dismissing it outright because he’s not a fully rational actor, but I’m not ready to really invest any thought into it because it would just be so insane. I still think he re-signs with the Nets. – 3:35 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
I’ll be on @ESPNRadio during the 7-9pm ET segment to discuss all things Nets/Kyrie Irving. Tune in – 3:26 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Rockets if Kyrie leaves and KD asks for a trade pic.twitter.com/mQJ15jAa2a3:09 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Woj: “Kevin Durant remains very connected to Kyrie Irving. They came together and are still together. Durant wants Kyrie back. What the Nets are risking if Kyrie does leave: Does Kevin Durant then ask for a trade?”
He says Kyrie’s best leverage to get a big deal is KD pressure. – 3:06 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: a Mailbag answer for a question from @CashWalken that includes notes on NYK’s multi-pick discussion with SAC & an NYK note on Indy/Malcom Brogdon: sny.tv/articles/begle…3:05 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Reports are suggesting the future of Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn is unclear.
Former Nets exec and current ESPN NBA front office insider @Bobby Marks tells @Frank Isola and @Brian Scalabrine why both sides benefit from staying together #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/ab3I3YtROZ2:36 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
If you’re the Raptors and you HAD to (and could/they can’t) sign either Kyrie or Harden to the max who would you pick baggage and all – 2:30 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Regarding the report that the Nets are interested in PJ Tucker, besides the fact that KD reportedly isn’t helping recruit guys, BKN is less than $2m below the apron if we assume Kyrie and Patty Mils return.
So, they got a good deal of work to do to create the NTMLE for Tucker. – 2:10 PM
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
With @EphraimSalaam. How long should the Deshaun Watson suspension be? AD/Russ for Kyrie/Simmons: Who says no? Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady & more! Guests: @martinweiss @Max_Van_Auken
Catch us live weeknights 7-10p ET on @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…2:01 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
For ESPN+ on Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and sum of all Brooklyn Nets’ fears: es.pn/3OcBWa01:11 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG by a duo this season:
57.3 — Kyrie and Durant
53.5 — LeBron and Davis
52.3 — LaVine and DeMar pic.twitter.com/E6s9uoF5Vg12:31 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Woj lays out Kyrie Irving negotiations from a Nets perspective:
1. They wanna stay “disciplined” on an extension
2. They understand they’re running the risk of alienating Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/9TF9NVo9H312:16 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Brunson in the playoffs this year:
21.6 PPG
4.6 RPG
3.7 APG
About to get paid. pic.twitter.com/KYqz3LS3vU12:11 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Immanuel Quickley will make just $2.3 million next season. Or $20+ million less than Malcolm Brogdon and Jalen Brunson.
Are we absolutely sure that IQ can’t make something resembling the leap we saw from Tyrese Maxey in Philadelphia this past year?
tommybeer.substack.com/p/why-not-let-…11:19 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
• Scouts evaluate targets at No. 11: https://t.co/7kPwjY6skD
• Should the Knicks trade up? https://t.co/wRiqHsimd0
• Leftover thoughts on other prospects & Brogdon: https://t.co/Uja6K0e9K7
• Previewing the draft w @Sam Vecenie: https://t.co/0NoCA8XRwN pic.twitter.com/AnEraI1IH711:01 AM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
And here’s the clip from this morning
Tim Legler on Kyrie Irving’s contract extension: The talent is NOT enoug… youtu.be/hez9x-3LbOA via @YouTube11:00 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Unpacking the latest on Kyrie, Celtics offseason, John Wall, more; draft preview w/@Jeremy Woo. Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e210:22 AM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
ICYMI: Lowe Post podcast: Steve Kerr goes behind the scenes on another GSW title run, then @Jonathan Givony on all things draft/trade rumors/Kyrie/free agency, more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3O99jdO
Apple: apple.co/3biyGv510:10 AM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Happy Parade-iversary, Cleveland! 6 years ago, fans flooded the streets of downtown Cleveland for a championship parade half a century in the making! @LeBron James @Kyrie Irving @JR Smith 
Photos: @H_Grove pic.twitter.com/Cn1lrAiOzC9:21 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Sticking point between Nets, Irving is length of contract nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/22/rep…9:00 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
How would Kyrie Irving fit with the Lakers? Lots of off-season discussion with @RealAClifton and @Mike Trudell on @SpectrumSN. Tune in now pic.twitter.com/F1inJz35aY9:31 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets still Kyrie Irving’s most likely landing spot amid ‘impasse’ nypost.com/2022/06/21/net… via @nypostsports8:09 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Games played:
103 — Kyrie in 3 Nets seasons
104 — Looney this season
@NBAMuse24 pic.twitter.com/XLHGpNGAqQ7:01 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nets fear Kyrie Irving retiring during long-term deal nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/21/rep…5:01 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — ASK IRA: Is there a path for Kyrie Irving to the Heat? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:59 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’ll be on @ESPNLosAngeles w/@John Ireland from 1-4 pm! Talking Lakers trade rumors (Russ, Kyrie, Nets, Hornets, Hayward, etc.), Dodgers, Gronk, the Sheen family, Mandy Awards preview and more! Listen up! AK – 3:39 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Would you rather have Jalen Brunson at $20+M per or Malcom Brogdon at $22M per over the next three seasons? #Knicks #NBA2:41 PM
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
With @EphraimSalaam. Who has more leverage: Kyrie or the Nets? Would the Lakers push all-in on Irving? Is Steph Curry now top-10 all-time? & more! Guests: @John Hollinger @adaniels33
Catch us live weeknights 7-10p ET on @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…1:48 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
You’ve heard enough from me. So I reached out to #NBADraft analysts @BrettSiegelNBA, @KyleIrv_, @Chase Hughes and @Barlowe500 and asked:
1. Who will the #Pacers choose at No. 6?
2. What’s your take on Shaedon Sharpe?
3. Will Malcolm Brogdon be traded? indystar.com/story/sports/n…12:40 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
How does Washington get Malcom Brogdon?
It’s HARD to get the salaries to match.
Would you give up 10 for Brogdon? 🤢
Would you give up Kuzma for Brogdon? – 12:32 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Here’s a Mailbag answer for a question from @CashWalken that includes notes on NYK’s multi-pick discussion with SAC & an NYK note on Indy/Malcom Brogdon: sny.tv/articles/begle…12:16 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Sifting thru draft/trade rumors, connecting dots. Seems like Brogdon for KCP/10 would make sense as the starting point of a deal. – 6:12 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Jake Voskuhl. Kevin Duckworth. Jelani McCoy. Jalen Brunson. And a special mention of Daniel Oturu
Happy 33rd Draft Pick Week, Vol. 1
thestar.com/sports/raptors…12:49 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players that averaged 19/5/5 or better with less than 2.5 TPG this season:
— Malcolm Brogdon
— Jimmy Butler
That’s it. pic.twitter.com/EwPQ1UhpBv10:08 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If the Jazz do in fact break up their team, Jamal Murray, Terance Mann, and Jalen Brunson should all receive some equity stock.
youtube.com/watch?v=uKdc-i…11:31 PM
Jalen Brunson @jalenbrunson1
Yo @Josh Hart needs to find Jesus in the worst way 🤦🏽‍♂️ – 10:12 PM

More on this storyline

David Hardisty: Windhorst thinks the Kyrie stuff is mostly “saber rattling” and most think he’ll be back in Brooklyn: “His opportunity to go to another team really doesn’t have a lot of teeth in it. If he’s really threatening, he would have to opt out … and take a $25-30M paycut (elsewhere).” -via Twitter @clutchfans / June 22, 2022
There are credible rumblings in circulation that Irving, for starters, has indeed had some recent contact with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, his former Cleveland teammate, to presumably discuss a potential reunion in Hollywood. I’m told it would be a stretch, though, to suggest that the Lakers are currently pursuing Irving. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 22, 2022
The expectation persists leaguewide that the Nets will hash out some sort of new deal with Irving — ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski floated the prospect of a two-year, $84 million pact Wednesday — most crucially to ensure that they don’t alienate Durant. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 22, 2022
Evan Sidery: The Kings will decide on the clock what offer they accept for Jaden Ivey at No. 4, per @wojespn . Woj also mentions Malcolm Brogdon should be on the move before the draft begins. -via Twitter / June 22, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers offered Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and a 2026 first-round draft pick to the Indiana Pacers for Malcolm Brogdon, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported on The Lowe Post podcast (1:47:10 mark). That offer was reportedly rejected. -via Bleacher Report / June 21, 2022
The Pacers are seriously discussing trades centered on Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner, sources said. The Wizards and Knicks are interested in Brogdon, armed with the Nos. 10 and 11 picks respectively, sources said. The Hornets have expressed interest in Turner, those sources said. -via The Athletic / June 20, 2022
The Knicks are widely regarded as a team looking to shed a number of contracts (such as those possessed by Alec Burks, Kemba Walker and Nerlens Noel) to create salary-cap space for the potential free-agent pursuits of Dallas’ Jalen Brunson and perhaps even (gasp) Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving. Yet Monday night also delivered the strongest rumbles I’ve heard to date that a new multiyear deal to keep Mitchell Robinson in New York is looming. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 21, 2022
In forecasting their offseason dealings, the Knicks are said to be targeting roughly $25 million in room to be able to chase Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson, and they are expected to find new homes for Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel, among other moves. Even if New York pivoted away from Brunson, who league personnel widely believe will return to Dallas, the Knicks would have a large gap to meet Irving’s contractual wishes. -via Bleacher Report / June 21, 2022
Amid great anticipation regarding Detroit’s intentions with Jerami Grant (will he finally be traded?) and whether the Pistons will indeed pursue marquee free agents like Ayton or Dallas’ Jalen Brunson, league sources say that the Pistons have very strong interest in re-signing the recently acquired Marvin Bagley III. The former Sacramento King made a positive impression in his half-season in Motown. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 20, 2022

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