Heat more interested in Kevin Durant than Kyrie Irving

Heat more interested in Kevin Durant than Kyrie Irving

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Heat more interested in Kevin Durant than Kyrie Irving

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The Heat has far more interest in acquiring Durant than Irving, according to a source close to the situation. Acquiring Irving comes with a risk because his availability has become a major issue.
Source: Miami Herald

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
If Wall to the Clippers really happens, it would be Great news! My fingers are crossed. Sounds like a deal will go down. But then, a few hours ago we thought Kyrie was about to be a Lakers. – 10:00 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie opting back in with Nets
The seven-time All-Star will exercise his $36.9 million opt-in and enter the final season of his four-year Nets deal. newsday.com/sports/basketb…9:52 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Wrote about what’s next for the Nets after Kyrie Irving’s decision to exercise his player option: es.pn/3Oyb70o (ESPN+) – 9:36 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Tuesday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast, up EXTRA EARLY on YouTube. We react to Kyrie opting in and where it leaves the Lakers. Plus, Would Malik Monk really take less money to stay? @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtube.com/watch?v=0n9bi_…9:19 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
We had so many listeners flood @getcallin, it crashed the app. Thank you all for the support. Had a great time with @BigWos on ‘Please Don’t Aggregate This’
Lots of talk on Kyrie, Brunson, Hawks, Pistons, Jazz and much more:
The full listen: callin.com/link/yhFYEeTnnh8:58 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
i wonder if anyone in the nets organization considered trading kd just so kyrie would opt out – 8:29 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Nets guard Kyrie Irving is opting in to his $36.5 million option with Brooklyn!
@TermineRadio says the reported lack of interest from other teams in trading for Kyrie should serve as a warning. #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/Sbz6Yqxv138:27 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
AP sources: Irving decides to exercise $37M option with Nets (from @AP) apnews.com/article/f07bea…8:15 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kyrie Irving decides to opt in to $36.9M player option with Nets: ‘I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall’ nj.com/sports/2022/06…7:58 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
I just noticed that Kyrie has a link to his twitter on his twitter page. Why? 😂 pic.twitter.com/x6rC02Ltkm7:58 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Well, Kyrie Irving is opting in. What it means for the Heat and the rest of the NBA three days before the start of free agency miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Also, Nikola Jovic introduced in Miami as he prepares for his summer league debut in the coming days – 7:47 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets‘ Kyrie Irving opts into player option to end contract saga nypost.com/2022/06/27/kyr… via @nypostsports7:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons have combined for
22 All Star appearances
14 All-NBA selections
2 All-Defensive
How far can this Brooklyn trio go? pic.twitter.com/YdjqRYXB3Y7:44 PM

Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
So Kyrie Irving opts in for $37 million next season. What’s our over/under on how many games he will play? 50 would be impressive…for him… – 7:42 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Everyone blames Kyrie for what happened to the Nets but let’s be honest – they were doing fine until @minakimes adopted them. – 7:37 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Kyrie, @Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Seth Curry — Nets need depth (Bruce Brown, Nic Claxton would help) but if healthy that’s a team that absolutely will contend for a title. – 7:36 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
In an elaborate series of bluffs over the last week from the Nets and Kyrie over the last week, there was no bigger bluff than this notion that Kyrie was going to opt out of $36.9 million to play for $6 million. – 7:34 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Will the Nets not giving in to Kyrie begat a trend of NBA teams not giving in when a player’s demands are demonstrably unreasonable?
Um… pic.twitter.com/IFWvkuztxb7:33 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Live footage of Net GM Sean Marks attempting to navigate getting rid of the headache that is Kyrie – while not alienating KD:
pic.twitter.com/t3SalRI3GV7:29 PM

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
We’re going live on @getcallin in 10 minutes with @BigWos.
Kyrie Irving, Jalen Brunson, Hawks, and more. Come make an account and ask us a question: callin.com/room/free-agen…7:21 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Brooklyn wins since the addition of Kyrie and Durant:
2020 — 35
2021 — 48
2022 — 44
2023 — ?? pic.twitter.com/oM04NebYrY7:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nothing like spending the first 15 minutes of @FrontOfficeShow talking about what might happen with Kyrie Irving to have the news drop that he’s staying in Brooklyn just as you finish the segment. Good times!
At least you’ll get to see me & @Trevor_Lane react live to the news! – 7:08 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The Nets called Kyrie’s bluff and won. Best-case scenario for them. Good for them. – 7:06 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Would rather Kyrie waited a day, was like 90 percent through an article on the situation – 7:04 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
NYK’s top option at guard remains Jalen Brunson & some w/BKN never saw NYK as a viable option for Kyrie Irving. Joe Tsai had fully supported BKN stance against offering Irving a max, as SNY reported. They held firm on that & Irving will opt-in, source said confirming The Athletic – 7:01 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Kyrie Irving ultimately stayed with the Nets
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…7:00 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Kyrie Irving looking for S&T opportunities before returning to Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/ZQnQdvjCQt6:58 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
kyrie irving being a thought leader in nba free agency pic.twitter.com/9Ojhw39ffL6:54 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On today’s @PHNX_Suns pod, we talked about the possibility all this Kevin Durant speculation could amount to nothing.
It’s a letdown, but I’m still of the opinion the Suns can have a great offseason:
🎧 https://t.co/A51s2pWuZn pic.twitter.com/wiVJzn3miS6:53 PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Where did the reports even stem from that Kyrie was considering opting out of a $37 million contract to sign a $6 million dollar one? 😂 – 6:53 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: The Nets have won the game of chicken with Kyrie Irving masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…6:51 PM
Kyrie Irving will opt into final year of $37 million deal with Nets
cbssports.com/nba/news/kyrie…6:50 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Whoever got the KD Valley jersey already (I know at least one of you did) make sure to tag me in that when it comes in thank you – 6:47 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Thankfully we don’t have to deal with every article and podcast leading with Kyrie Irving as their headline after tomorrow. Big W for real NBA fans – 6:46 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Brooklyn fans being relieved that Kyrie isn’t leaving and blowing up their team, but then realizing it means Kyrie is still on the team pic.twitter.com/B5Vm9P5l3P6:46 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie coming back to Brooklyn!!
Nets fans:
pic.twitter.com/vNCCpYaN306:44 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
I’m gonna take that Kyrie quote and frame it – 6:41 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Well, the KD-Kyrie era lives to see another year. – 6:41 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Got worked into a shoot by Kyrie that’s tough – 6:41 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The funniest thing would be if KD just requests a trade anyway. – 6:40 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
The benefit of living in Australia: sleeping through all of the Kyrie Irving stuff today and then waking up to learn that he has just decided to opt-in. – 6:40 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
I’m not going to lie, I had a theory Kyrie would opt out, go to the Lakers and LBJ would wire him the difference 😂😂😂 – 6:39 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
What exactly is the tomorrow Kyrie is leading us into by opting into his contract? – 6:39 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie and KD have only played 58 games together in Brooklyn… if that ends up being the final number – my god…
imagine trying to tell a Nets fan in 2019 that Durant would comeback healthy, yet he and Kyrie share the floor less than 60 times as teammates – 6:24 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
48 hours until Kyrie Irving has to decide whether or not to opt into the final year of his contract.
72 hours until the start of free agency.
Should be a fun few days.
Buckle up. – 6:03 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Nets brinksmanship: Reportedly willing to lose both Irving, Durant rather than cave nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/27/net…5:01 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
We’re going live on @PHNX_Suns in 5 minutes to talk about the latest with KD, LeBron and more! Come hang out with us:
https://t.co/WmThQv3umg pic.twitter.com/Z1F1x7XWYe4:55 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyrie Irving-Heat strictly X’s and O’s basketball fit piece tomorrow? – 4:49 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Not even going to bother letting my brain entertain the idea of Kevin Durant on the Sacramento Kings. – 4:37 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Are we all rowing in the same direction, or are you still on the dock? Given the grueling nature of the NBA season, @David Thorpe sees negative value in Kyrie as a teammate. BRING IT IN with @jshector https://t.co/FC6KfDUVzF pic.twitter.com/ZmuTiqvSJM4:27 PM

Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Amid Kyrie to #Lakers speculation, sportsbook have LAL anywhere from 12-1 to 18-1 to win 2023 NBA championship. #Nets still listed at 6-1 to 8-1. … Should be an interesting Wednesday. Irving one of the few players who would walk from $30+ million guaranteed. – 4:24 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – NBA free agency 2022: Guard class starts with James Harden, Kyrie Irving ift.tt/RNx3Fan4:19 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m writing about the finances of Kyrie Irving to the Lakers. Basically: how much would he have to give up by coming to LA, and what mechanisms would the Lakers have to pay him?
Before I dive in… does anyone have any specific questions they want addressed in the story? – 4:18 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Kevin Durant’s contract is … wow. pic.twitter.com/rwN0gtu0lw4:14 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The NBA should call an emergency second All-Star draft for this week just so we can get Kevin Durant in front of a camera while one of his teammates is forcing his way out again. – 4:08 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Also in today’s story on the Nets’ mess…
* Exploring Kevin Durant trade options that folks around the league have mentioned, starting with Phoenix, Miami and Atlanta.
At @TheAthletic, with @Alex Schiffer and @Joe Vardon
theathletic.com/3384393/2022/0…3:59 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Fully expecting a Lakers starting lineup of Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the 2022 version of Devean George – 3:49 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: How Kyrie Irving’s situation could impact the Heat, as teams around the league wait to see what happens with Irving, Kevin Durant and the Nets miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Also, Nikola Jovic introduced in Miami as he prepares for his summer league debut in the coming days – 3:49 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW from (mostly) @Anthony Chiang and me: How Kyrie Irving’s situation could impact Heat, with Durant looming. And Nikola Jovic introduced in Miami at midday: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…3:47 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
If the Nets get nothing in return for Kyrie Irving they will have only around $7 million in cap space due to the large contracts of Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris and Seth Curry – 3:46 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
If the Nets lost KD and Kyrie. And then won the lottery next year, only to watch the Rockets draft Victor Wembanyama with their pick….
That sequence of events might be the closest many Knicks fans get to experiencing the joy of a winning a championship in their lifetime LOL – 3:44 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Monday edition of the @DNVR_Nuggets podcast is LIVE.
✅ Avs win, Kroenke takeaways
✅ Braun, Watson, and Kamagate meet to the media
✅ Kyrie and KD on the move?
youtube.com/watch?v=rOwJ03…3:33 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
So how exactly do the Lakers plan to sign Kyrie next year to a longer term extension? LeBron is a FA but both he and Kyrie would have to take massive pay cuts to fit them all under cap space. I think in total Kyrie would be sacrificing like $100 mil over 3-4 years? – 3:26 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Lakers/Nets phone call transcript
“What about Russ and top-1 protected 2027 and 2029 firsts for Kyrie?”
“No thanks, we don’t want Westbrook. We’re never gonna want Westbrook in any scenario. We’d do AD that’s it.”
“What about Russ and 2 UNPROTECTED firsts in 2027?” – 3:22 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Ran some numbers on how the Lakers could handle the hard cap if they needed to sign-and-trade for Kyrie Irving.
Here’s one projection where Kyrie is traded for nothing but Russ and picks. If the Lakers still want to use their tax MLE, he’d come in at roughly his option number. pic.twitter.com/4ImLXcq1qN3:20 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The weather in Brooklyn is appropriate to KD-Kyrie situation. – 3:14 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
It’s wild that we’ve come to the point where the Brooklyn Nets running it back next year with Kyrie and Durant is simultaneously the most likely and most surprising scenario. – 2:48 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
One interesting part of the Kyrie-taking-the-MLE hypothetical is his role in the NBPA. He’s part of leadership there, and pretty much any union would advise against a major player voluntarily taking 80-90% less than he could otherwise get. – 2:38 PM
Kyrie Irving has been a disaster without LeBron James, but they could still make magic if he gets to Lakers
cbssports.com/nba/news/kyrie…2:25 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
I wonder if 10 years from now, after Kyrie Irving’s career has concluded, he will regret costing himself a $250 million extension over the COVID-19 vaccine? – 2:21 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, P.J. Tucker, John Wall, Kevon Looney (and more) all feature prominently in my latest around-the-league notes column as we dribble closer to Thursday’s opening bell in free agency: marcstein.substack.com/p/my-nba-free-…2:18 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Hopping on @ESPNRadio with @ColemanESPN and @BartScott57 to talk Kyrie Irving right now – 2:09 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’ve reached the “whatever it takes” stage of the Lakers pursuit of Kyrie Irving.
I know I’ve been the sky screaming for depth and wings, but they’re just not gonna trade Russ otherwise. So picks, swaps, players (not named Bron or AD). Whatever it takes. I’m in. – 2:02 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving has permission to seek sign-and-trade from #Nets nypost.com/2022/06/27/kyr… via @nypostsports1:57 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Idk how the Suns aren’t the leaders in the clubhouse to get KD if he wants out. Ayton S/T (base year compensation would complicate it) makes too much sense. – 1:53 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Could Kyrie reunite with LeBron with the Lakers? Irving reportedly has ‘great interest’ in L.A. nj.com/sports/2022/06…1:50 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Kyrie Irving passes off question when asked if he still wants to be a Net nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/27/kyr…1:48 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
There is no scenario that justifies losing Kevin Durant. – 1:45 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Kyrie wants to bail on KD after 44 games played together.
Harden bailed on KD after 1 1/2 years.
Draymond slandered KD and said they didn’t need him by year 2.
Westbrook played with KD for 8 seasons and was ride or die.
But Russ was the problem teammate. – 1:43 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Lakers recruitment of Kyrie is fascinating
Other teams have little interest in LAL’s trade packages – involving Westbrook, THT and Nunn – but there’s a clear play here
1) the Lakers show Kyrie they’re working on trades over the next few days
2) those trades don’t end up… – 1:34 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the Lakers solo pursuit of a sign-and-trade deal for Kyrie Irving — with Irving’s situation continuing to leave the Nets vulnerable for a Kevin Durant trade request: es.pn/3QVCOBU1:15 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
If Kyrie somehow finds his way to the Lakers with Westbrook still on the roster their games should be eligible to win a Primetime Emmy. First time ever. Outstanding Drama series or Outstanding Comedy, doesn’t matter, either will do. – 1:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Kyrie Irving opting out of $36M to sign for $6M is a ludicrous idea…and it’s something I absolutely think he might do.
I believe Kyrie when he says it’s not about the money for him. Or I, at least, believe him more than just about anyone else playing in the NBA. – 1:07 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
We’re getting started now… I’m sure Kyrie and the Nets will be a big discussion point as well. twitter.com/i/spaces/1lPKq…1:01 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Sources with knowledge of the situation have increasingly believed Kyrie Irving’s willingness to opt out of Brooklyn, sign the $6M taxpayer midlevel with the Lakers, where Irving can re-sign long-term in 2023.
More on @getcallin with @BigWos at 7:30ET: callin.com/room/free-agen…12:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
New column: Celtics should pass if a Jaylen Brown trade for Kevin Durant comes around
bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/06/27/kar…12:50 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie: “Okay, who wants to work on a sign-and-trade!?!?!?!. Let’s get it going!!”
NBA Teams:
pic.twitter.com/QSPHDO0JI112:41 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
The Nets listening to the league office explain to them that they’re going to accept a Kyrie for Westbrook trade. pic.twitter.com/qDpi2jQA0a12:41 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
The Lakers: “Can we discuss a Kyrie Irving trade?”
The Nets: “Sure. Who are you willing to offer?”
The Lakers: “Russell West-
The Nets: pic.twitter.com/VGhOLV4uof12:38 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
What a disaster the Kyrie Irving situation turned out to be in Brooklyn. My goodness gracious. – 12:37 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Knicks fans, if the options are Kyrie on a 4-year max or Brunson on a 4-year max, which do you prefer? – 12:34 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
According to Windhorst (via SC), the Nets would rather lose Kyrie than have a status quo situation. – 12:32 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Kyrie Irving to discuss sign-and-trade deals looking to leave Brooklyn #NBA
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…12:28 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
A quick re-up of my assessment of how the Lakers should look at a potential partnership with Kyrie: ocregister.com/2022/06/24/kyr…12:25 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
As I wrote last week *at the old job* you certainly don’t want to be the team whose best option is Kyrie Irving, but that’s where the Lakers find themselves. theathletic.com/3379101/2022/0…12:25 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
You never really hear much about that Kyrie Irving guy any more do you? – 12:25 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: Outside of the Lakers, there are currently no known teams planning pursuit of sign-and-trades for Nets G Kyrie Irving. No sign-and-trades can be formally discussed until after 6 PM on Thursday. Brooklyn isn’t believed to have interest in available Lakers packages. – 12:22 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nets give Kyrie Irving permission to seek sign-and-trade deals nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/27/rep…12:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I think about the Cavs offering Kyrie Irving for a Jamal Murray + picks package back in 2017 pretty frequently. – 12:06 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevin Durant playoff win% with super star teammates:
78.6 — Steph Curry
57.3 — Russell Westbrook
46.2 — Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/6uB1gWHqok12:03 PM

Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
If this is the end, I’m going to miss Joe Tsai, Sean Marks and Kevin Durant defending, supporting, and kowtowing to Kyrie Irving as he selfishly sabotaged last season. This Core Four truly deserved each other – 11:58 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
The Athletic can confirm ⁦@Kristian Winfield⁩’s report that Kyrie Irving has been granted permission to seek a sign-and-trade from the Nets. Re-upping this from a week ago on why that’s easier said than done: theathletic.com/3374378/2022/0…11:56 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
In light of what ⁦⁦@Kristian Winfield⁩ reported… “If Irving was a player to lift all tides, if he was one whose mere presence inspired teammates to play with him and for him, he wouldn’t just have the Nets as suitors, but anyone without an All-NBA PG” sports.yahoo.com/kyrie-irving-i…11:56 AM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
A few things swirling…
– Case has been filed vs #Texans, per Buzbee
– Watson/NFL/NFLPA hearing is Tuesday
– The 1st 4 games of the ALCS preview were insane!!!
#Rockets – Wall separation soon
– Nets Irving seeking trade
I’m sure #TheATeam will be fired up. I’m on vacation!! – 11:54 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! The latest on the “Kyrie to the Lakers” rumors, plus listener questions about which veterans that could/should be retained. Melo? Dwight? *None* of them? #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…11:16 AM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Sources: Kyrie Irving has requested and received permission from the Nets to find sign-and-trade offers from other teams. Kevin Durant still hasn’t spoken to Nets front office. Russell Westbrook to Brooklyn remains unlikely. More for @NYDNSports
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…11:08 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
This week Kyrie Irving will make a decision on his $36 million player option for the 2022-23 season.
@Brian Scalabrine believes he should opt in and “prove himself”. pic.twitter.com/K4ut3jnXKb11:07 AM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Teamed up with @Sam Amick and @Joe Vardon to sift through the Kyrie Irving/Kevin Durant situation: theathletic.com/3384393/2022/0…10:04 AM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Is Kyrie Irving trying to make his way out of Brooklyn, and is Kevin Durant next? Exploring the Nets situation that might dominate the NBA summer, at @TheAthletic, with @Alex Schiffer and @Joe Vardon
theathletic.com/3384393/2022/0…9:47 AM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Is there anything Kyrie Irving could do to salvage his reputation among NBA fans? It starts with signing with the Lakers, on the cheap. ⁦@Sam Amick⁩, ⁦@Alex Schiffer⁩ and I break it down, ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/3384393/2022/0…9:08 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Amid all of the Kyrie Irving speculation, he is 95-1 to win #NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2022-23. Bradley Beal is 110-1 and Zach LaVine is 160-1. Steph Curry is 18-1 behind seven others. Doncic, Embiid, Giannis are 1-2-3 most likely. LeBron James is 23-1. – 8:40 AM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast w/ @Ryen Russillo — Washington’s Beal dilemma, KD speed round trades, can you really call it “the Brunson Sweepstakes?” and other big free agency week questions.
Listen on Spotify: https://t.co/MMI73QsDPN
Not covered: Sonny Crockett crushing in pool pic.twitter.com/gpf586sUUu12:11 AM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Two weeks ago I hadn’t even considered Kyrie to the Lakers as a possibility.
A week ago I was intrigued but dismissive, focused on more seemingly plausible offseason scenarios.
Now I’m really starting to believe it’s their only hope of contending next season. – 10:37 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
ICYMI: Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks + @Jonathan Givony recap the draft + preview free agency: Nets, Kyrie, fake KD trades, Ayton, DET/ORL drafts, Sixers trade, deals that didn’t happen (but still might), more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/39QSdm9
Apple: apple.co/3A2Mkx49:56 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Draymond Green on possibility of Irving, LeBron on Lakers: “They won’t beat us” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/26/dra…9:00 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Under no circumstances should the Blazers consider “the future,” if Durant is on the table. Mortgage the future in a nanosecond to pair Durant with Lillard and create a legit 3-year title window. In 2025, start creating a new future.
Blazers been chasing the future since 1977. – 7:39 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Dunc’d On Prime: BRK; WAS; UTA; NOP; GSW: Huge Offseason Outlook Day. @Danny Leroux
and I assess the markets for Kyrie Irving and Rudy Gobert, the free agencies of Looney and GPII, and much more. Join us: duncdon.supportingcast.fm6:11 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Warriors Wire lists the team’s top salary for each season since 1990-91, including Chris Mullin, Baron Davis, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/who-was-…6:00 PM

More on this storyline

Kyrie Irving: Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is opting into his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 season, @TheAthletic @Stadium has learned. Irving is bypassing on multiple opt-in and trade scenarios to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / June 27, 2022
Shams Charania: Kyrie Irving: “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.” -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / June 27, 2022
Any potential interest the Heat has in acquiring Irving, 30, will depend on what his price is on the trade market or in free agency. The belief is the Heat is not currently willing to give up its top assets to acquire Irving — a list that obviously includes Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, and also Tyler Herro. -via Miami Herald / June 27, 2022

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