Kyrie Irving listed as out tonight vs. Wizards

Kyrie Irving listed as out tonight vs. Wizards

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Kyrie Irving listed as out tonight vs. Wizards

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Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving’s surprised #Nets teammates learned about trade demand on Twitter… via @nypostsports6:53 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Should Phoenix #Suns look into trading for talented, polarizing Kyrie Irving? #Nets… via @azcentral6:47 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets have been thrust into Kyrie Irving trade negotiations with just 5 days until the deadline.
With that, I ranked Brooklyn’s potential suitors for the 8-time All-Star:…6:47 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
The Wizards (without Bradley Beal) hung 44 points on the Nets (without Durant/Irving/Simmons) in the first quarter.
16p for Porzingis – 6:45 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Nets just gave up 44 points to the Wizards in the first quarter.
The KD/Kyrie-less era is going to be painful. – 6:42 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
NBA Notebook: What are the different options for Brooklyn after Irving’s trade request? ⁦…6:31 PM
After Kyrie Irving’s trade request, Nets try to focus on anything but his future: ‘No idea, I just work here’…6:29 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
For @FOXSports: Wrote about why I think the Nets should ignore Kyrie’s demand, play out the season…and then in the summer move on…6:13 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Jalen Brunson, unlike Kyrie Irving, is available to play today. – 6:12 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Russell Westbrook is still the 6MOY favorite while the Lakers are actively trying to trade him for Kyrie Irving what is going on? PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
A few Kyrie Irving trade scenarios for the Suns, and why they shouldn’t make any of them – via @PHNX_Suns6:02 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Nic Claxton on Kyrie Irving’s trade request: “We’re just like everybody else, we were caught off guard, but I can’t judge a grown man for his decisions. At the end of the day, he’s doing what’s best for him. I stand by him and I stand with my teammates here in this locker room.” PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Props to Nic Claxton for dealing with the media pregame and taking every question about the Kyrie situation. I imagine it’s not an enjoyable part of the job for him but he handled it very well. – 5:37 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A pro move by Nic Claxton to speak to reporters about the Kyrie situation before the game. He took questions for a few minutes in front of his locker and was honest both about the situation — and how he still feels about Kyrie. – 5:35 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Edmond Sumner will start in place of Kyrie Irving #Nets5:32 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — ASK IRA: If Kyrie Irving comes to market, does that again put Heat on the clock for Kevin Durant?…5:26 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Before timely CPR and an AED saved Damar Hamlin, the same care saved Kai Bates-Diop when his heart stopped for two minutes in a practice gym.
Now his brother Keita, the Spurs forward, is trying to ensure the next cardiac arrest victim has a hero, too.…5:15 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nic Claxton said he doesn’t feel like Kyrie let the team down. “At the end of the day we’re all our own individuals.” Claxton said he stands by Kyrie and he stands with his teammates. – 5:03 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn when asked if he feels Kyrie is letting the team down:
“I think you have a responsibility as a basketball player, like I do as a coach. I show up, I do my job every single day, that’s what I signed up for, and that’s my expectation for one through seventeen.” PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Hello from Brooklyn📍
The Wizards will try and get back on track against the Nets without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn is approaching Kyrie Irving’s absence as a day-to-day thing. Not speculating on a return. – 4:25 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
“There’s a business side of this thing and there’s a human side if this thing. I elected to touch on the human side” JV said when asked about the conversation he had with Kyrie yesterday. PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Jacque Vaughn said Kyrie wasn’t at the Nets’ walkthrough this afternoon. He’s not sure if he will be at the game tonight. – 4:23 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Jacque Vaughn to his #Nets in the wake of Kyrie reports: “I said to them, we’re not gonna make this weird. We’re here to play, we’re here to do a job, show up and do your job. I said you’ve done the first step of this thing…let’s do the work to get a win tonight.” #NBA4:22 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn said Kyrie Irving was not at the walkaround today. Unsure if he’ll be here for the game. – 4:20 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Jacque Vaughn on Kyrie Irving: “There’s a business side to this thing and there’s a human side to this thing. I elected to touch on the human side and check on him as an individual. I’ll leave the business side to Sean (Marks, GM) and that group.” #Nets4:20 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn said he talked to every player on the roster yesterday. Vaughn said he didn’t ask Irving why he wants to leave. Is leaving “the business side” to Sean Marks. – 4:18 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie reported some calf soreness so he will be out tonight, says Vaughn. PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn said Kyrie Irving reported some calf soreness. T.J. Warren will do an on court workout before seeing if he can go tonight. – 4:16 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Kyrie and Russ looking at the injury reports. AK PM
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
Why did Kyrie request a trade now? Should the Nets accommodate him? Is Kyrie worth the risk for LeBron and the Lakers? & more! Guests: @Marc Stein @Brian Lewis @Mark Medina
Catch us live weeknights 7-10pm ET @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio…3:32 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Not surprising, but league source has confirmed that the Knicks are not interested in trading for disgruntled Nets PG Kyrie Irving.…3:13 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Anyway, no more Kyrie talk from me until something happens.
On a more positive note, I am looking very forward to The Last of Us this weekend … it’s easily been my favorite show since GoT decided to stop trying. – 3:08 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Some of the details have changed but I wrote this in July @BleacherReport
San Antonio Spurs May Hold Keys to a Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook Trade…3:03 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From earlier: What Heat is seeking in trades. And an Irving update. And an NBA scout weighs in on Miami’s options and what’s worth giving up a first round pick for:…2:58 PM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
Kyrie Irving is scratched by #Nets due to a ‘sore calf’ following trade demand as fans speculate he’ll be dealt to #Lakers for Russell Westbrook after both guards are mysteriously sidelined ahead of Thursday’s #NBATradeDeadline via @MailSport2:49 PM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
#Nets star Kyrie Irving’s trade demand leaves NBA teams ‘clamoring for KEVIN DURANT ahead of deadline as the former MVP draws FAR more interest than his outgoing teammate’ via @MailSport2:48 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
For The Nets , Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) are out tonight so Kyrie won’t face questions about the trade request.
Jacque Vaughn will though. – 2:42 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
And I don’t understand saying to trade for Kyrie and not meet his contract demands … he’s literally demanding a trade off a contender because they won’t meet his contract demands for a fully guaranteed max deal. – 2:40 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Lumping not wanting Kyrie into other FO failures is like …
Damn, a good analogy is escaping me.
The Mavs are in a position that they’ll have to take risks, but that doesn’t mean jumping out of an airplane and hoping to find a parachute on the way down. – 2:36 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
If I had to bet I’d say Irving isn’t traded, btw. – 2:26 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“Anybody who would take a chance on him is out of their mind.”
@MikeFrancesa tells @Brian Geltzeiler and @Sam Mitchell why he doesn’t think anyone should trade for Kyrie Irving. PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
What if the Nets insisted on the Lakers taking Simmons in any Kyrie trade? – 2:13 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On Kyrie Irving, potential trade scenarios involving the Suns, and the multitude of reasons it’s not worth the risk: PM
Wayne Cole @waynec0le
No Kyrie Irving for the NETS tonight. I would’ve loved to see them going for 8 straight. KP said the beauty of the NBA is that you get another game.
Keys: Play a full 48 minutes.
Prediction: Deni Avdija bounce-back game. 🐌
#Netsworld | #DCAboveAll1:44 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Simple (right calf soreness) listed for Kyrie Irving’s absence today. Not the occasional team suspension, not eligible to play, etc. – 1:40 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
More smart beat coverage from our @Kyle Goon, who always does a great job riding the Lakers roller coaster, including yesterday, organizing some pertinent thoughts in this analysis:
Is Kyrie Irving the Lakers’ path to a title or misguided star-chasing?…1:39 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
You know the Nets was Ted to announce:
Kyrie Irving (this dude has fucked us over for the last time) ruled out Saturday vs. Washington – 1:32 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
I wonder what was worse, James Harden’s hamstring or Kyrie Irving’s right calf?
I’ll get the scoop tonight. – 1:31 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Nets say Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) are out tonight against Washington.
The latest on Kyrie’s trade demand:…1:28 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Kyrie Irving is OUT tonight vs. Wizards with what the team is calling calf soreness. – 1:27 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Kyrie not playing was last sign I needed to see to be convinced. It’s over. Time to start planning the rebuild. – 1:26 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets say Kyrie Irving is out for tonight’s game against the Wizards because of right calf soreness. – 1:23 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Update for tonight’s @Brooklyn Nets injury report:
Warren (left shin contusion)
Irving (right calf soreness)
Simmons (left knee soreness) – 1:21 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets say Kyrie Irving is out tonight vs. Washington.
Ben Simmons is also out, T.J. Warren is doubtful. – 1:21 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Nets say Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness)
and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) are out tonight Vs Washington. – 1:21 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Nets just announced injury report for tonight’s home game vs. Wizards. Kyrie Irving is OUT, due to right calf soreness. So there’s that. – 1:21 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie ruled out for the #Nets 👇🏾 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kyrie Irving will not play for Brooklyn tonight, team says. Reason given: Right calf soreness. – 1:20 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets say Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) is out tonight against Washington Wizards. – 1:20 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Here we go: Kyrie Irving is out with right calf soreness tonight against the Wizards. – 1:20 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets list, Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving out tonight. – 1:20 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets say Kyrie Irving is out tonight due to calf soreness. – 1:20 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Nets‘ Kyrie Irving is listed out tonight vs. Wizards. – 1:20 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Sports+: There are four possible futures for the #Nets and Kyrie Irving — here’s how they would work… via @nypost12:46 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
I breakdown Kyrie Irving’s trade demand:
🏀 Reaction to the news
🏀 What’s next for Brooklyn?
🏀 Trade destinations, ranked
Full Episode:…12:35 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
I breakdown Kyrie Irving’s trade demand:
🏀 Reaction to the news
🏀 What’s next for Brooklyn?
🏀 Kyrie trade suitors, ranked
Full Episode:…12:34 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ASK IRA: If Kyrie Irving comes to market, does that again put Heat on the clock for Kevin Durant?…12:08 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
ICYMI … full coverage of what happens next for Kyrie Irving and his potential trade suitors and after Irving asked the Brooklyn Nets to trade him:…11:37 AM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Kyrie basically killing my trade deadline enjoyment. Every notification comes with a hint of fear that the Mavs have done something monumentally stupid and half the fanbase will be gloating … for a moment, until the reality of the current Kyrie experience takes hold – 11:25 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Latest on Kyrie Irving trade request: He’d prefer to land with Lakers…10:17 AM
Albert Nahmad @AlbertNahmad
It’s wrong to say that it’s effectively impossible for the Heat to trade Tyler Herro… For many scenarios in which you might want to trade him (e.g., Irving, Durant), it’s not even all that hard. Harder is building a compelling trade package, accepting a big tax bill, etc. – 10:17 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Talking to folks around the NBA, there’s a feeling a Kyrie Irving trade could happen fairly quickly. Both the team trading for Irving and Nets would likely have other work to do after a deal. Starting to feel like it might happen quickly, to leave time for more before Thursday. – 10:04 AM
Bill Doyle @BillDoyle15
Tom Brady retires again and Kyrie Irving asks to be traded again. Why am I not surprised that these things keep happening? Because it’s the week of Groundhog’s Day. – 10:03 AM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: An update on what Heat is seeking in trades. And a Kyrie update. And an NBA scout weighs in on Miami’s options and what’s worth trading a 1st rounder for:…9:59 AM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Story: How Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and the chances the Lakers, Mavericks, Suns, and Heat land him. Plus, details on trade talks between the Knicks and Jazz on @Jorge Sierra.…9:51 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
It’s as if Irving has grabbed the lighter and kerosene and told his buddy, “This is how you start a fire!” like a prequel to “Bad Boys 4.”…9:50 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
“The fragility of hanging on to playing a perfect game is very difficult.”
A year after his iconic tweet, Jaylen Brown followed up a dismantling of the Nets (that triggered a Kyrie Irving trade request) with a sequel. But the energy still needs shifting.…9:26 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
If you’re looking for Kyrie Irving trade scenarios to the Suns, I wrote about what they might look like for @PHNX_Suns. And if you’re wondering why I think it’s a bad idea, well, that’s in there too: AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Discussed the latest Kyrie Irving drama with my guy @EJ_Stewart…8:59 AM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kyrie Irving’s trade request is a ‘smart business move’ and Nets could still make a run, former coach says…
@tps_hsbb8:26 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
If Kyrie Irving comes to market, does that again put Heat on the clock for Kevin Durant? Latest “Ask Ira” at… plus more. – 8:09 AM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
#NBAWeekend on @Sirius XM NBA starting at 7AM ET this morning. @Sam Mitchell and me are back in the saddle and we just may have a thought or two on @Kyrie Irving , his trade demand and what the @Brooklyn Nets should do. – 6:55 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kyrie Irving days in Brooklyn have more drama and intriguing than basketball.
A dive into the most remarkable moments about Nets and Irving partnership. The upcoming trade looks like a redemption for both sides. #NetsWorld #NBATwitter…4:39 AM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Did anyone have eyes and ears on Kevin Durant today?
He must be beside himself over the Kyrie Irving news.
KD wasted THREE of the final years of his prime playing with Irving.
It’s truly sad. AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Top potential suitors if #Nets decide to trade Kyrie Irving… via @nypostsports1:14 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
The only thing surprising about Kyrie’s trade request is that it took this long. – 12:45 AM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
A Kyrie/trade deadline edition of ‘That’s OD’ w/ @Dave McMenamin on how Kyrie’s trade demand impacts the Lakers and Clippers, would a LeBron-AD-Kyrie trio be better than LeBron-Kyrie-KLove, what Clippers need and could do before deadline and John Wall’s future AM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Me pregunto qué “estipulaciones de la garantía” insistió @Brooklyn Nets que Kyrie halló inaceptables…. AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
New @PHNX_Suns pod!
On tonight’s show, we talked about one of the Suns’ best wins of the season, the bench stepping up, and I gave my thoughts on why I’m not a fan of a potential Kyrie Irving trade: PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
With the Lakers in reported pursuit of Kyrie Irving, I’m left wondering two things.
Has Kyrie learned anything from the last seven years of turmoil?
And have the Lakers learned anything from their never-ending pursuit of stars over anything else?…10:59 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Full Court Press Newsletter: Kyrie Irving Wants To Be Traded…And The Celtics Couldn’t Be Any Happier…9:36 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
After a few hours talking Kyrie on @ESPNLosAngeles, I realize I could be more clear w/my take. I’m fine w/him as a rental, and while I prefer the Lakers not give up too much for a rental, my larger concern is them feeling obligated to re-sign him long term, which is insanity. AK – 9:28 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
There’s a big difference between “we don’t want to give up Austin Reaves for Kyrie Irving” and “we won’t give up Austin Reaves for Kyrie Irving”. – 9:25 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Five teams most likely to trade for Kyrie Irving before deadline…9:12 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Column: Kyrie is looking out for Kyrie…9:12 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Must be weird to live in a world where nothing Kyrie has done since 2016 matters. – 9:08 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
i am the only basketball writer who wrote something about kyrie today…9:07 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Will the Nets trade Kyrie Irving? If so, which teams will be in the mix? Breaking it all down with @Chris Broussard & @RobParkerFS1 on @OddCoupleFSR. Tune into @FoxSportsRadio at 6:30 pm PT PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The latest on Kyrie and the Lakers: New for @The Athletic:…9:04 PM
Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney
Kyrie Irving has given the NBA a desperation check:…9:03 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
If Kyrie gets traded, I could see it being a 3-teamer with LA/Utah/Brooklyn where the Lakers give up both picks (maybe one or both are top-3 protected) and they get Kyrie, Beasley and Olynyk. And BKN gets Conley and Vanderbilt. PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
From earlier today:
Milwaukee interested in Jae Crowder.
Suns looking at OG Anunoby (pre-Kyrie trade request, but still viable).
An interesting look at how the trade deadline could get wild if Toronto decides on a major rebuild — and starts now. PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
In the event that the Nets hold onto Kyrie Irving past the deadline, there are several players on the market that fit what they need heading towards the playoffs.
Examining the top targets to fill out Brooklyn’s roster if Kyrie stays put: PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
One big difference between the risk in trading for Russ vs. trading for Kyrie: Kyrie is a much better player. But if you make the deal w/ the willingness to max him out (or close to it), it has to be done with the understanding it’ll likely go sour at some point. BK – 8:18 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
‘Unscheduled’ Kyrie Irving Trade Request Reaction | The Hoop Collective with @Brian Windhorst @Tim Bontemps PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Emergency Pod: Kyrie Irving WANTS OUT!
@Zach Lowe
via @YouTube7:50 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
A potential Kyrie deal probably has the highest chance of paying off this season. It’s the long term commitment that would be frightening, and the idea of making him a pillar in the post-LeBron version of the franchise. BK – 7:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
This got lost in the Kyrie Irving trade request superstorm: Injury updates on Ben Simmons and TJ Warren, plus what Jacque Vaughn said about Kevin Durant playing in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.…7:26 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Full episode of ‘Please Don’t Aggregate This’ with @MoDakhil_NBA is up now @getcallin and heading to Apple, Spotify.
Lots of Kyrie/Nets talk at the top, and then taking plenty of listener questions: PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
NBA Trade Deadline latest … dealing specifically with what happens next with Kyrie Irving after his trade request … all freshly dispatched to inbox and @SubstackInc apps worldwide:…7:11 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kyrie and Luka.
Kyrie, the Lakers, and drama.
Big Wos and @Kevin O’Connor: PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Going live on @PHNX_Suns
in 2 minutes for Celtics pregame, Kyrie stuff and more! Join us: PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
💰On the luxury tax in Brooklyn💰
A Russell Westbrook/Kyrie Irving straight swap (yes, it works because of the Irving trade bonus) would cost the Nets an additional $56M toward their already $109M luxury tax penalty. – 6:54 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kyrie in Dallas makes the most sense.
Big Wos and @Kevin O’Connor explain why: PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
I want the Lakers to trade for Kyrie on Monday so his debut can be Tuesday and have that be the night that LeBron breaks the record. That would be a lot of stuff to get into a game story. – 6:53 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Dunc’d On Prime: This just in! Kyrie Irving has requested a trade. Join @Danny Leroux and me to listen, and get our lowest rate with the Mock Trade Deadline sale as well. PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The trade machine says Kyrie can be traded for the spy balloon, two first-round picks, Luke Ridnour and Keith Van Horn. – 6:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Updated odds on Kyrie Irving’s next team per @betonline_ag:
Los Angeles Lakers 3/2
Miami Heat 9/2
Dallas Mavericks 5/1
LA Clippers 6/1
Phoenix Suns 6/1
Atlanta Hawks 8/1
Chicago Bulls 8/1
Utah Jazz 8/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 14/1
Sacramento Kings 16/1
Boston Celtics 100/1 – 6:43 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Assessing the fallout from Kyrie Irving’s trade request @YahooSports. Potential pursuits from the Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and more, while the Nets somehow try to continue competing for a championship:…6:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The San Antonio Spurs are sitting on $26.9M in cap space. The Indiana Pacers still have $10.7M in cap space after the Myles Turner renegotiation-and-extension.
I wouldn’t be surprised if either are involved in a Kyrie trade (or other big deal) as a facilitator to help move money. – 6:39 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement is LIVE @Underdog__NBA w/@jphanned
– 8-game slate
– Embiid status in air
– Malik Monk show in Indiana
– Breaking lineup news from across league
– Common Cents picks
– Kyrie
NBA’s Closing Bell, live now through tip!
📺 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Can’t wait to see Kyrie and LeBron reunite. – 6:39 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Kevin Durant really left Steph Curry and the Warriors to lock arms with Kyrie Irving.
I understand leaving Golden State.
But handpicking Kyrie might be the single worst major decision made by a superstar ever. Just a total blunder. – 6:36 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
A team that considers trading for Kyrie Irving can’t forget that he asked out of a winning situation in Cleveland, left Boston and they were better when he left, and now has turned the Nets into a tabloid soap opera. Don’t trade assets for him and don’t sign him more than 1 year – 6:29 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Kyrie Irving’s camp did not negotiate after Brooklyn Nets presented an offer that was tied to team winning a championship, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. Told the issue was not about money, and now it’s said he wouldn’t even stay if offered a full max contract. – 6:22 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Me 🤝 Kyrie
Staying home and playing Hogwarts Legacy after the trade deadline – 6:18 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant was surprised by Kyrie Irving’s trade request per @Adrian Wojnarowski.
Said the entire organization, including KD, was caught off guard. – 6:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Someone texted this to my buddy @Trevor_Lane:
“Russ to Utah rumors, Kyrie to the Lakers rumors, I guess we went back to the summer all over again.” – 5:56 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Emergency Lowe Post mini-podcast: @Bobby Marks and I react to the Kyrie Irving trade request. More in-depth coverage of all things trade deadline next week:
Spotify: PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for ⁦@YahooSports⁩: Check “trade request” off your Kyrie bingo board… but the Nets have to do what’s best for them, which could mean trading Kevin Durant…5:53 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Worked with my dude ⁦@Dan Woike⁩ on this news in ⁦@latimessports⁩: Lakers weighing options after Kyrie Irving demands trade from the Nets…5:50 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Reporting on Kyrie Irving’s trade request with the Nets and two of the reasons why: PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if for some reason u care how i think this plays out/didnt catch it on the show
-Kyrie leverages trade request to get his extension from Nets
-If it doesnt work, KD facilitates by leaking “displeasure” through media
-Kyrie contract w/Nets gets done
-Happily ever after – 5:33 PM
Is Bron trying to run it back with Kyrie? 👀
(h/t @LeBron James) PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Here are the teams I project to have $30M+ in cap space this summer:
HOU: $59.1M
SAS: $46.1M
DET: $43.7M
UTA: $43.2M
ORL: $33M
IND: $30.7M
Kyrie Irving’s max for next season projects at $46.9M. That’s why he wants a trade. To re-sign w/ Bird Rights bc no one can sign w/ space. – 5:29 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“They’re going to get a nice package from some teams out there that actually want him”
🏀 @Eddie Johnson has a positive view of Kyrie’s trade demand before the deadline #NetsWorld PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Due to the Kyrie possibility, my Mavs emotional state is basically a prolonged version of last night’s second half … just stress and sadness and an odd acceptance of a fate I hope is somehow avoided but fully expect to endure – 5:26 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
My story from Kyrie Irving’s trade request. After some time in the sun with a 12-1 December with some continuity, the Nets are back in chaos:…5:23 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Kyrie requesting a trade is gonna somehow open up Masai landing Kevin Durant. – 5:21 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New pod with Big Wos on what’s next for Kyrie Irving, and then @MoDakhil_NBA joined Wos to discuss other potential trades…5:17 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Responding to Kyrie blowing up the Nets midseason for little perceived benefit with, “Well none of this would have happened if Joe Tsai paid him!!” is an absolutely wild stance. – 5:16 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New Ringer NBA Show: What’s gonna happen with Kyrie? Vol. 49 with Big Wos and KOC.…5:15 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Full ESPN story on Kyrie Irving asking out of Brooklyn after failing to negotiate a new contract extension: PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Over the last year, the Brooklyn Nets have had three stars request a trade: James Harden, Kevin Durant and now Kyrie Irving.
@NekiasNBA breaks down which teams make sense as a possible landing spot for Irving:…5:04 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
En route to TD Garden for more coverage of the Kyrie trade demand with @Joe_Sway & #Celtics #Suns.
Phoenix, of course, is potentially poised to be involved in what Brooklyn decides to do next. – 4:58 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
En route to TD Garden for more coverage of the Kyrie trade demand with @Joe_Sway & #Celtics #Suns.
Phoenix, of course, is potentially poised to be invoked in what Brooklyn decides to do next. – 4:58 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
If the Lakers pursue Kyrie Irving, then that means they had a change of heart. And what about the Suns, Mavs. and other possible suitors? What’s next for Kevin Durant and his Nets?
Roundtable here, w/ @Alex Schiffer and @Mike Vorkunov, at @TheAthletic…4:58 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Four years, $200 million.
That’s the new price of doing business in Brooklyn.
Some thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s trade request, what’s at stake and why it could all just be smoke for a player who’s earned his money. For ⁦…4:56 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
First of multiple stories coming on Kyrie Irving’s trade request. A roundtable with @Sam Amick and @Mike Vorkunov unpacking the suitors and more:…4:55 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I wrote about some of the many reasons why Kyrie Irving does not make sense as a trade target for the Suns:…4:54 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I wrote about some of the many reasons why Kyrie Irving does not make sense as a trade target for the Suns:…4:53 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Here are the Radio Roulette viewers best Kyrie trades proposed from today’s show, per the YouTube voting data:
📺Full Show: PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kyrie Irving is not listed on the Nets’ injury report ahead of tomorrow’s matchup with Washington.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) are both questionable. – 4:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nets just released their injury report for tomorrow vs the Wizards and Kyrie Irving is not listed on it. – 4:48 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Numbers from The Nets “Big 3” of Kyrie, KD and Harden:
16 games played together
3 trade demands
2 vaccinations
2 first-round sweeps
1 Alex Jones Instagram post
1 anti-Semitic film promoted
1 trade for Ben Simmons
1 playoffs series victory PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Nets have listed Ben Simmons and TJ Warren as questionable for tomorrows’s game in Brooklyn against the Wizards. Kyrie Irving isn’t on the injury report. – 4:46 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and TJ Warren (left shin contusion) are both listed as questionable the #Nets. Kyrie Irving is not listed on the injury report. (Nor is Yuta Watanabe, who had a tight back). – 4:46 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kyrie Irving is not listed on Nets’ injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. WAS. – 4:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving is available for tomorrow’s game against the Washington Wizards. – 4:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving is available for the Nets tomorrow against the Wizards. Both Ben Simmons and TJ Warren are listed as questionable. – 4:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving is available for tomorrow’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies – 4:45 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Do the Nets pull the trigger on this if it were on the table?
In: Paul, Bridges, Crowder, Olynyk
Out: Kyrie, Harris, Curry, Thomas, Sharpe
(Plus draft comp to Utah) PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Does Kyrie Irving play another game for the Nets? Or will they sit him until the deadline? Here’s what they’ve got left before Thursday’s trade deadline:
Sat vs WAS
Mon vs LAC
Tue vs PHX
It would be amazing, and very NBA, if Kyrie was on the Suns for that TNT game on Tuesday. – 4:35 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
put simply, there isn’t a “good” player I’ve wanted on the Mavs less than Kyrie – so I expect he’ll be a Mav at some point tonight – 4:34 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Sean Marks: Hello GM X!
GM X: What would it take to get KD?
Marks: We’re trading Kyrie.
GM X: Yeah, but KD?
Marks: …
GM X: Sean, you there?
Marks: (long, wistful sigh) Yes… – 4:27 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Kyrie is a negative asset that will want a fully guaranteed max per-year deal this summer with no protections for the team.
Hard no for anything beyond shedding bad contracts, and even then I don’t want him here. – 4:26 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Among rival teams, there’s far more interest in inquiring on Kevin Durant’s reaction to Kyrie Irving’s trade request and how that may impact KD’s future with the Nets. – 4:25 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Lakers. Mavericks. Heat. Clippers. Suns. Bucks.
There are six teams that make sense for Kyrie Irving. I made the case for each of them.…4:17 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’m on @ESPNLosAngeles w/@VeniceMase from 1-4pm PT. We’re talking Lakers, Kyrie, Lakers and Kyrie… and something else. Probably. Maybe. Listen up!!! AK – 4:15 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Would the Mavericks take on Kyrie Irving? “Yes”, sources said to @YahooSports, multiple times today.
But like the Lakers or anyone else, what do they have to offer the Nets? – 4:13 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
FWIW @Stephen A. Smith says on @TMKSESPN the Nets and Knicks have an ‘understanding’ that they would never engage in a trade for Kyrie
Mentioned Lakers and Suns as possible teams of interest. – 4:10 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
What would be a worse final game as a Net, if that’s how this turns out?
James Harden scoring four points against the Kings?
Or Kyrie Irving getting blown out 139-96 by the Celtics? – 4:05 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Purposely getting very sick, almost dying, possibly destroying everything in your life then later having to joke that it was “a good way to lose weight” is how I’d equate trading for Kyrie.
Meaning, any possible positives are likely to be sarcastic after everything has collapsed – 4:05 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
I understand the Nets wanted to make it work this year. I totally understand why with two talents like KD and Irving.
With Houston having swap rights this year and BKN’s unprotected first rounder next year, them going in the tank for this season made some sense. Too late now. – 4:01 PM
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Reports say that Kyrie Irving would like a trade out of Brooklyn, before Thursday’s trade deadline. Join us now for full reaction…
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Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
How does Kyrie Irving requesting a trade impact the Sixers?
(Before anyone asks, the answer is HELL no)…3:59 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Suns, Mavs and Lakers interested in Kyrie Irving…3:56 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
With Kyrie Irving demanding a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, which teams make sense as a possible suitor?
@NekiasNBA breaks down the best on-court fits for Irving and what it could take to get a deal done prior to the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 9:…3:56 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
The Nets have won as many playoff series with KD/Kyrie as they did with KG/Pierce, which is to say one, and now the Rockets control their next five first-round draft picks. A quick rundown of another unraveling in Brooklyn for @The Vertical:…3:56 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Kyrie crazy like a fox. Just wanna put that out there – 3:54 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
the Heat had zero interest in Kyrie over the summer and wouldn’t entertain a Lowry swap, but I do wonder how the last four months changed their thinking — if at all. – 3:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Taking any jokes and stuff out of the mix: the eventual Kyrie trade is going to be fascinating to break down. Huge talent, big salaries, massive risk. I can’t wait to watch this play out. Just going to be a monster in-season move. – 3:48 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
With Kyrie Irving possibly available, Lakers’ Jeanie Buss last summer on how franchise prioritizes player’s availability/leadership. Jeanie deferred to front office. but outlined her “standards”: “Hard work, competing for a title.” PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie’s timeline since signing with Nets:
In 2019-20, he played 20 games.
In 20-21, he got hurt in the playoffs.
In 21-22, he cratered the season by refusing to get vaxxed, forcing BK to trade Harden for Simmons.
In 22-23, he demands a trade.
Nets have paid him $136 million. PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
If the Nets make a trade with the Lakers for Kyrie Irving they’re not doing it because they want Russell Westbrook’s expiring contract. He’s gone. It will be for future assets. Would the Nets turn down a Lakers trade that includes two future first round picks and Max Christie? – 3:45 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I don’t even know what to think about Kyrie requesting a trade a week before the deadline. Dude is one of the most talented players on the planet but like…does anyone trade for him to extend him without the “guarantee stipulations” that Brooklyn apparently asked for? – 3:43 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Rooting for the Suns’ new owner to have to approve a Kyrie trade as his first order of business. – 3:43 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The difference between Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving is this:
Had Lillard played in Cleveland with LeBron/Love, and then in Boston with Tatum/Brown/Hayward and then in Brooklyn with KD/Harden then KD/Ben, he would have 4-6 rings right now. Maybe 2 in each city. PM

David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
To me, it would make basketball sense for either of the LA teams, Dallas or Miami to swing for the fences for Kyrie.
Outside of that, don’t see a fit that I love among semi-contending to contending teams. – 3:40 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
If the Lakers believe Kyrie Irving can get them back to the NBA Finals this season in a wide open West where they are just three games back of the No. 4 seed and home court advantage in the first round, they have to do it even if it means parting with two first round picks. – 3:39 PM
These are @Bobby Marks‘s likely trade destinations for Kyrie 👀
Which team do you think will get Irving?
(via NBA Today) PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
smart money is on the nets playing this out—knowing kyrie has very little leverage and is known to, um, change his mind about stuff—and not making a trade. – 3:38 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
If the Lakers offer their 2027 and 2029 1sts unprotected, I think the Nets take that deal and run.
They clearly don’t want to be in business with Kyrie anymore.
The problem then becomes the money. Russ makes 10M more than Kyrie, so it may have to be a complicated 3-team deal. – 3:38 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Why don’t the Nets just not trade Kyrie Irving? They’re actually kinda good. They were 25-8, the best in the league, between Kevin Durant’s injury and the firing of Steve Nash. So you lose him for nothing this summer? OK, well you took a shot at a title. – 3:37 PM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
So over Kyrie – 3:35 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
If Irving is traded, this summer will become the Kevin Durant hot stove. Fair or not,. – 3:35 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Reporting with @Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks have had previous interest on Kyrie Irving and are expected to explore idea with Nets ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Like most teams, the Mavericks have had had a reluctance to make significant offers of assets for Irving. – 3:35 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
The Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as potential suitors for Brooklyn Nets All-Star starter Kyrie Irving, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 3:35 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
remember: the real prize could be KD. we’re not that far removed from Durant requesting a trade after he thought Kyrie wasn’t coming back in the summer. – 3:32 PM
Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
I know we were all wondering how long it would be before Kyrie Irving created some drama… Well wonder no more! Before Durant got hurt the #BrooklynNets actually looked like they could make a run. #NBA3:27 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New from @Souichi Terada and I: Where exactly could Kyrie Irving land after his trade demand? Mapping out five realistic landing spots…3:27 PM
Shaun Powell @Powell2daPeople
Kevin Durant chose Kyrie Irving over Steph Curry. LOL – 3:25 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
So Kyrie isn’t getting his extension in BKN. Why would anyone trade for him now when he could be free in July? I don’t know all the ins and outs of the CBA but can the acquiring team offer a full extension right now? I didn’t think they could. 1/2 – 3:25 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
The clearest illustration yet of the Prestige Zone will be the reaction if Kyrie gets traded to the Lakers (“Hey, if LeBron and AD are healthy, no one in the west is dominant”) vs. the reaction if he gets traded anywhere else. – 3:24 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Kyrie Irving odds have been updated, with the Lakers being the favorite to be his next team ahead of the Heat, Mavs and Clippers, via @SportsBettingAG: PM

Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
On the final season of the Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets blockbuster soap opera…Turn down extension, request trade, happily return, request extension, request trade… in that order.
Y’all confused? Because I sure and the hell am! Carry on… – 3:15 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: A first look at the domino effect of the Kyrie Irving trade demand on the Celtics and across the NBA heading into the trade deadline…3:15 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Most amazing thing about trying to think of a deal the Nets could make for Kyrie – he’s not the most untradeable player on the roster. – 3:14 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving has not shared a list of preferred teams, but he has maintained an interest in the Lakers. LA is expected to be among the teams that’ll explore a possible trade with the Nets. – 3:13 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving requests #Nets trade as tenure somehow gets more dramatic… via @nypostsports3:13 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Not gonna lie. I would be five percent more open to the Lakers acquiring Kyrie if he had the self-awareness to have requested a trade yesterday, on Groundhog Day. AK – 3:12 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee just sent me these odds on Kyrie Irving’s next team:
Lakers 2-1
Heat 3-1
Mavericks 4-1
Clippers 4-1
Bulls 7-1
Hawks 7-1
Jazz 8-1
Timberwolves 14-1
Kings 16-1
Celtics 100-1 – 3:12 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Only way to offer Kyrie the max is to trade for him now. Is he worth both picks and a max contract? My instinct is no. – 3:09 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
New story on @Jorge Sierra: quick reaction on Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.…3:09 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Reports: Kyrie Irving demands trade before Feb. 9 deadline…3:08 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Lakers and Mavericks are among the teams Brooklyn is expected to engage in Kyrie Irving trade talks as next Thursday’s 3 PM ET trade deadline approaches, league sources say.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com3:06 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
When Kyrie Irving left the Boston Celtics, I used Jurassic Park and chaos theory to try and explain what happened.
Might be worth revisiting for Nets fans…3:05 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Kyrie Irving is a max player but on a year to year basis.
I don’t see a team this offseason committing 3 or 4 years to him.
Might be a challenge for a team to commit 2 years. – 3:03 PM
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Not sure how we got from “Kyrie requests a trade” to “KD coming back to the Bay????” but it’s that time of year. – 3:03 PM
Greg Rappaport @Greg_Rappaport
Teams getting ready to trade for Kyrie: PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
There’s always someone willing to take a chance. What is the best offer the Nets can get for Kyrie?
The Lakers don’t have anything I’d want back besides picks for potentially after KD is gone. – 2:59 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
It always pays to be Mr. Consistency… but never more so than today, as we lead @FTFonFS1 talking about Kyrie blowing up @Chris Broussard‘s beloved Nets. – 2:58 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
What does it all mean? In Kyrie’s world who the hell knows. But there’s a good chance there’s something bigger going on than simply contract talks breaking down with the Nets. – 2:57 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Butler was eventually traded to Minnesota, but if you recall when Irving did list teams he wanted the Cavs to send him to, on that list was Minnesota. Who demands a trade to the Timberwolves? – 2:56 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
According to multiple reports, Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets!
🔊 @Sam Mitchell reacts to the breaking news #NetsWorld
For continuing coverage of this story, stay tuned to NBA Radio all day PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Kyrie Irving after the loss to Boston two days ago: “Just take the lessons and, as one of the leaders, just see where I can continue to prepare better and lead a better example out there.” PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Kyrie is going to leave Brooklyn — the place he always wanted to be — in free agency this offseason to sign with Orlando or OKC or Detroit or Indiana or San Antonio or Houston — the cap space teams? Feels like a pretty empty threat. – 2:55 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Don’t for a second doubt that Kyrie Irving’s trade demand has more players behind than Kyrie, himself. Before the blowup in 2017, LeBron and Kyrie talked Jimmy Butler into trying to demand a trade so Cleveland could get him. Then Griff was fired and it instantly went to hell. – 2:54 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Kyrie Irving is extension eligible up until June 30 with Brooklyn.
If he is traded and amends the 15% trade bonus, he is not allowed to extend with his new team.
The maximum on an extension is 2 years/$78.6M with a new team but only if Brooklyn pays him the trade kicker. – 2:54 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
In the offseason, Nets owner Joe Tsai was firmly opposed to offering Kyrie Irving a max extension. That stance hasn’t changed. Irving’s trade request ahead of the deadline forces Nets to make significant decision in the coming days: PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Also, please don’t even ask me about Kyrie and Detroit 😂.
It’s cold but the sun is out. Go sledding or something. – 2:53 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
What Kyrie Irving trade demand means for Celtics in East playoff race…2:52 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Thoughts on Lakers/Kyrie Irving: They’ve been open to deal w/ picks if it puts them in title contention. But w/ uncertainty on availability history, pending free agency & other players involved in the deal, would the Lakers go all in? Would their assets even be enough, anyway? – 2:50 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
It’s hard to explain exactly how much I don’t want Kyrie on the Mavs. Why would you even risk introducing that kind of daily influence on Luka … or any other young player that may remain?
Then, why would you possibly give up an asset of any value for that risk? – 2:49 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers on Kyrie Irving: They’ve been open to deal w/ picks if it puts them in title contention. But w/ the uncertainty on availability history, pending free agency & other players involved in the deal, would the Lakers go all in? Would their assets even be enough, anyway? – 2:48 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Kyrie Irving is extension up until June 30 with Brooklyn.
If he is traded and amends the 15% trade bonus, he is not allowed to extend with his new team.
The maximum on an extension is 2 years/$78.6M with a new team but only if Brooklyn pays him the trade kicker. – 2:46 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
I wouldn’t be shocked if Brooklyn ends up trading KD and letting Kyrie hit free agency. His unpredictability and expiring contract hurts his value. No reason to take on bad salary for underwhelming assets when simply letting his deal expire is an option. – 2:45 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Have a big-picture Grizzlies at the deadline column going up soon. Written before the Kyrie news (with a one-graph addition now). I will be interested to see the butterfly effect on an Anunoby market. Seems like it could go in different ways. – 2:45 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Keon Johnson, Greg Brown III and two 2nd round picks for Kyrie Irving.
Who says no? – 2:44 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
I don’t think Kyrie makes sense for anyone except the Lakers. There’s a case for the Clippers, I guess, but you’re weighing the benefit-nonsense meter and Irving’s too far on the latter side at this point, with a game that’s quietly declining. – 2:40 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Rooting for Kyrie-to-Boston scenarios so I can witness the Internet burning to the ground – 2:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
How dare Nets try to protect themselves with a player who has played the following games per season during his time in Brooklyn:
20 of 72
54 of 72
29 of 82
40 of 51
Injuries happen, but injuries are far from the only reason Kyrie Irving has missed a bunch of games with Nets. – 2:39 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
From Shams on Kyrie negotiations:
“A contract extension was offered to Irving that had stipulations in it. I’m told that his side was vehemently against any stipulations… There’s clearly a principle difference between Irving and the Nets.”
For reference, this was last summer: PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Source: The Sixers will not be making any Kyrie Irving inquiries. The organization doesn’t have any interest. – 2:39 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
People trying to talk themselves into Kyrie NOT being a headache on their favorite team PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Would never say never to any Heat trade possibility, but Nets at moment are about more than picks for Kyrie. And Heat aren’t dealing Bam or Butler, and can’t deal Herro due to cap rules. – 2:35 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Can someone please mix together the Nets asking teams what they are willing to offer for Kyrie, with the scene from Entourage where Ari’s boss tells him what he’s willing to pay to buy Ari out? – 2:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
If I’m the Nets I’m asking for both Lakers firsts unprotected. The rest of the package is what it is. I doubt any other team has anything decent they’re willing to give up for him. Otherwise let Kyrie sit at home if he doesn’t want to play. – 2:34 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This was from late June @TheAthletic RE: Kyrie. I’m going to hold you all over with that for the time being lol…2:31 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Who’s the best player you would trade for Kyrie Irving? – 2:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My guess is the Kyrie situation went like this:
Nets: We’ll do two years at the max extension we can give you.
Kyrie: I want four.
Nets: No. Two is the most we’ll do.
Kyrie: I want a trade.
Almost no other scenario makes sense. – 2:29 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
You can understand why the Nets would react and make a panic Kyrie move in the next week.
I mean, it’s not like you can build around the guy, let him walk for nothing and just magically be back in the Finals a couple of years later.
Oh, wait… – 2:27 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kyrie Irving asks Nets for trade ahead of Thursday’s NBA deadline, could Lakers have interest?…2:27 PM
Dionysis Aravantinos @AravantinosDA
Kyrie is trending right now. And rightfully so. Here are the best tweets on @HoopsHype:…2:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
God bless and good luck to whoever signs themselves up for the Kyrie Irving experience for 4 or 5 years this coming summer.
It’ll start out awesome, but it’s not going to end that way! – 2:23 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Interesting dilemma for Nets – keep Kyrie and try to make a run with KD this season. Or chase far-off picks from Lakers that front office might not last long enough to use. Happy Friday guys. – 2:22 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Just like with Durant, the Nets aren’t under pressure to trade Kyrie Irving. He can tank his own value by not playing the rest of the season, or he can raise his value for the summer by playing. – 2:20 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
This is such a bad move by Kyrie at the absolute wrong time. Completely misreading his market value and shows a gross lack of self awareness. Smart move would have been to continue to play well through the season and playoffs and THEN make your power move. – 2:20 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Kyrie is obviously a spectacular talent, but he’s been a flight risk everywhere he’s been and has an incredible amount of baggage. Who is giving up something for him — while he’s on an expiring deal! — that keeps the Nets as a legitimate threat to come out of the East? – 2:18 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
To me, Lakers are really the only team that makes sense for Kyrie … and they’d probably be pretty good for it … until they aren’t – 2:18 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Kyrie destroyed parity in the NBA when he hit that shot in Game 7, leading KD to Golden State. Kyrie then joined KD and Harden in Brooklyn and has done everything in his power to sabotage the operation. The league now has great parity. Maybe the conspiracy guy has been conspiring – 2:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My guy @Trevor_Lane and I were in the middle of recording @FrontOfficeShow when the Kyrie news broke. The episode will be up shortly and you’ll get to see how our brains broke in reaction to the news that Kyrie wants a trade. – 2:17 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Emergency Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
– Kyrie Irving requests trade from Brooklyn
– Where could he go?
– Trade scenarios
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– Fan calls
Join us!
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Tas Melas @TasMelas
I didn’t believe “Trade Deadline Week” was a thing but let’s get it on for the next 7 days. Hold on. Kevin Durant wears 7. Did Kyrie time this on purpose? – 2:15 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Who on EARTH would trade for Kyrie right now?? – 2:14 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Laker Fans, would you trade those picks for Kyrie? – 2:14 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Side note, thanks Kyrie for injecting a little life into an otherwise dead trade deadline. – 2:13 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
I get everyone who sees this as contract posturing by Kyrie. We’ll see if he plays this week, and it could still be posturing if he goes home. It’s hard to imagine Kevin Durant moving forward with Brooklyn long term if Irving leaves though. Nets might have no choice but to extend – 2:13 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Until Kyrie is super-duper officially traded I’ll believe it when I see it. – 2:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
LA should trade for Kyrie…
but it should be the Clippers. – 2:12 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
After a surprising turn of events ahead of the NBA trade deadline: Do you think the Lakers should trade for Kyrie Irving? – 2:11 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
And, if a team does trade for Kyrie without plans to give him the extension he wants the odds have to be nearly 100% that he’ll screw up everything possible for that team … and no reasonable team should be willing to give him the extension he wants, IMO – 2:11 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
I can’t imagine KD doesn’t feel some type of way about that move by Kyrie… – 2:11 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Kyrie Irving has asked out (again) and that has created some chaos ahead of the trade deadline…2:11 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
This Kyrie trade demand feels like a fake power play and I bet the Nets call his bluff. The teams who could have cap space are minimal and not good right now and the Nets need Kyrie to contend.
I bet he is still in Brooklyn on February 10th. – 2:10 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kyrie Irving wants to move on from the Brooklyn Nets 👀 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
So good. So toxic. Funny thing is if Kyrie could just keep his name out of tweets that begin with “Breaking …” he would be much more likely to get everything he wants as a free agent or extension. – 2:10 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Kyrie Irving almost went 3 months without being a malcontent, that’s progress 👏 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Theory: Kyrie Irving actually hates Kevin Durant. – 2:09 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
The drama is back in Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving pulled the trigger and the next days until Feb. 9 will be hot. It’s gonna be surprise if the LA Lakers will not exercise Irving’s case. #NetsWorld #NBATwitter…2:06 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Reunite Kyrie and LeBron, reunite KD and Russ – 2:06 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Kyrie reacting to the Nets being unwilling to meet his contractual demands by effectively blowing up its season is a hell of a way to sell his next team on giving him a long term contract. – 2:05 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Kyrie Irving submits trade request to Nets…2:05 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
This is off-season PTSD with Kyrie-KD distractions and other deals passing by
Putting the league on hold – 2:05 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Why would the Nets trade Kyrie?
Because he asked to? – 2:04 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie this season:
— 27/5/5
— 49/37/88%
— 1st in 4th quarter PPG
— All-Star starter
Where next? PM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Can someone please mix together the Kyrie request with footage from Trading Places after the orange crop report is announced? – 2:02 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
If Irving gets his wish, Durant’s right behind him. – 2:02 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Kyrie? No c’mon, that doesn’t sound like something he’d do! – 2:02 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Last season, James Harden asked to be traded from the Nets right before the deadline.
This season, Kyrie Irving asked to be traded from the Nets right before the deadline. – 2:01 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
so many reasons to doubt a kyrie trade will actually happen. one being: if you’re the lakers (the only team desperate/dumb enough to be interested?) and kyrie has threatened to leave as a FA this summer, why would LA offer anything in a trade the nets actually want? – 2:01 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
I believe this is Kyrie’s league-leading sixth “BREAKING:” storyline of the season. – 2:01 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
If Kyrie wants out, one can assume KD will want out. And if KD wants out… – 2:00 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Kyrie Irving was posting Jordan Peterson and Jason Whitlock on his IG story yesterday and requests a trade today. It never stops. Can’t believe one of the greatest ever chose that – 2:00 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
League sources confirm Kyrie Irving has informed Nets he wants to be moved ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Sides have been unable to come to terms on new contract, which is what Irving had been seeking. Irving will be unrestricted free agent this summer. – 2:00 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
So… now that Kyrie Irving wants out from the Nets does Kevin Durant demand another trade? Or are KD and Kyrie just breaking up? – 1:59 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
#NBATwitter seeing the Kyrie Irving trade demand notification PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. This comes in aftermath of sides unable to get an extension done. – 1:59 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Nets fans and players and coaches over the last two months, after it looked like Brooklyn was finally back on track and establishing themselves as is one of the top teams in the East:
“We back, baby!!”
Kyrie: PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Have to imagine the Jazz would be a popular name for teams needing to bring in a third partner for a Kyrie Irving trade.
Jazz have so many contracts of differing size they could help facilitate a lot moves – 1:58 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The obvious question is if the Lakers can construct a deal that would get the Nets interested. LA might be the only team willing to take on Kyrie under these circumstances. – 1:58 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
The Kyrie stuff is so unsurprising but surprising at the same time. – 1:58 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
I was always skeptical of the Nets’ desire to commit to Kyrie long-term after all that has happened. Their reluctance over recent weeks has clearly led to frustration on his end.
Now we see how they play this. – 1:58 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Will the Russ-KD reunite be as fun as Kyrie-LeBron? This is certainly where it’s heading toward, right? – 1:58 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Nobody brings the drama like Kyrie Irving. – 1:58 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
KD really left this for Kyrie PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That historic Celtics blowout really left a lasting mark with Kyrie I guess – 1:56 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has told the franchise that he wants to be traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, source tells ESPN. – 1:54 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Just when you think everything’s settled around Kyrie, boom. – 1:54 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Omg that’s insane
It’s time @Miami Heat
Kyrie Irving… – 1:53 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Breaking: Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The franchise has been informed that Irving prefers to move on ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline – or will leave in free agency in July. – 1:52 PM

More on this storyline

Michael Scotto: Nic Claxton said he wouldn’t try to talk Kyrie Irving out of his trade request. He was then asked if there was a window for Irving to return to the Brooklyn Nets. In part: “I have no idea. I just work here at the end of the day.” 😂 Full video below. -via Twitter @MikeAScotto / February 4, 2023
Brian Lewis: Nic Claxton on Kyrie: “I always respect his decision, whatever that may be. And that’s my brother. And you know, just got to roll with who’s here.” #nets -via Twitter @NYPost_Lewis / February 4, 2023

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