Rival teams hoping Kyrie Irving leaves Nets so they can try and trade for Kevin Durant

Rival teams hoping Kyrie Irving leaves Nets so they can try and trade for Kevin Durant

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Rival teams hoping Kyrie Irving leaves Nets so they can try and trade for Kevin Durant

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There are teams rooting for Kyrie Irving to opt-out and walk away from the Nets, believing it would give them a chance to cobble together trade packages to acquire Kevin Durant. As much as Durant asking out hangs over the Nets, there’s also the reality that four years on his contract will mean he has little, if any, voice on when or where he would be traded. This would be a small-market team’s dream, robbing a goliath of an MVP-level talent whose contractual circumstances would leave him little choice but to play for them.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

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
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Durant not recruiting free agents to Brooklyn this offseason, is that Irving related? nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/22/rep…3:11 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
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Oklahoma City Thunder are the only franchise in NBA history to select a future MVP in three straight drafts:
✅ Kevin Durant (2007)
✅ Russell Westbrook (2008)
✅ James Harden (2009)
In fact, no other franchise has even selected a future MVP in back-to-back drafts. pic.twitter.com/Ynq6enOxHn3:01 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
StatMuse @statmuse
James Harden win% with star teammates since 2012:
78.6 — CP3
69.8 — Durant
66.7 — Embiid
65.5 — Westbrook pic.twitter.com/KuGLifsnPx1:42 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
For ESPN+ on Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and sum of all Brooklyn Nets’ fears: es.pn/3OcBWa01:11 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs value size and versatility. They need a big wing with two-way potential. Ousmane Dieng watches Luka Doncic, Brandon Ingram, Kevin Durant and Paul George for tips and nuances. It’s a massive gamble on upside. Should the Cavs take it?
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/06/2…12:50 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG by a duo this season:
57.3 — Kyrie and Durant
56.0
55.0
54.0
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

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
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
I would take Chet Holmgren No. 1 overall, especially after seeing this @P3sportscience assessment. We all know why Kristaps Porzingis is the first comp that people think of, but KD makes more sense to me.
https://t.co/Kdc07dl2D0 pic.twitter.com/dqTDChuBki4:59 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
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2012, Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to average at least 30 PPG in a Finals.
The only player to do so at a younger age is Rick Barry in 1967. In fact, Barry is one of only three players to average at least 40 PPG in a Finals. pic.twitter.com/db65ddoRnl2:01 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

More on this storyline

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
In previous offseasons, rival agents and players would tell you of Kevin Durant’s eagerness in talking to potential free agents. So far, that hasn’t been the case with him, sources say. Outside of Irving, the Nets’ most important free agent is guard Patty Mills, who still hasn’t decided on whether to exercise his $7.2 million player option. Around the Irving drama, the Nets’ environment has made it harder to keep and court role players, sources say. -via ESPN / June 22, 2022
Kyrie Irving’s search for leverage on his contract discussions with the Brooklyn Nets won’t be found with the threat of a $30 million pay cut to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the sum of the deepest franchise’s fears: Irving walks, and Kevin Durant wants a trade. -via ESPN / June 22, 2022
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

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