Although Kyrie Irving ostensibly missed Saturday’s Nets game – a dramatic comeback win over Washington – due to right calf soreness, it’s safe to assume his Friday trade request was the reason he wasn’t on the court in Brooklyn.
The Nets are scheduled to play three more home games before Thursday’s trade deadline – Monday vs. the Clippers, Tuesday vs. the Suns, and Thursday vs. the Bulls – but we shouldn’t expect Irving to be available for any of those ones either. According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report (Twitter link), Brooklyn plans to keep Irving sidelined until a trade is finalized.
And what if the trade deadline comes and goes without the Nets finding a suitable deal for Irving? According to Brian Lewis of The New York Post (Twitter link), the 30-year-old hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he’d sit out the rest of the season in that scenario, but Lewis says it’s a “nuclear option” that has been discussed.
Here’s more on Irving:
- Although the Lakers are widely considered a frontrunner to land Irving, having been linked to him since last summer, sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times expressed pessimism about the odds of Kyrie being dealt to the Lakers.
- As Woike explains, Irving’s expectations for his next contract are a factor working against a trade to the Lakers — the All-Star guard is expected to seek a four-year, maximum-salary deal, while the Lakers would prefer no more than a two-year commitment. A similar disconnect between Irving and the Nets is reportedly what led to his trade request in the first place.
- Asked about the possibility of the Lakers acquiring Irving, LeBron James said it was a question for Rob Pelinka and the front office, but made it clear he wouldn’t be against a reunion with his former Cavs teammate. “Obviously, that’s a — what’s the word you use — ‘duh’ question when you talk about a player like that,” James said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
- Russell Westbrook would have to be part of an outgoing package in any Irving deal involving the Lakers, but he said on Saturday that he’s not feeling any added pressure hearing his name in trade rumors once again, according to McMenamin. “That’s not up to me. Like I said, I’ve known this was a business since I was 18, 19 years old, since I got into it,” Westbrook said. “My dad taught me that at that age, getting to this league is a business, and people make whatever decision they make. And I’ll make sure I’m ready and professional, like I always have been and always will be.”
- Law Murray of The Athletic explores the Clippers‘ reported interest in Irving, noting that L.A.’s up-and-down season has made the team more open to pursuing Kyrie than it would have been last summer. Murray hears that the Clippers have made a “strong offer” for Irving.
- While there’s no indication that Kevin Durant will follow Irving’s lead and request a trade before this Thursday, rival executives are hopeful that the Kyrie drama will help expedite Durant’s own exit from Brooklyn, perhaps as soon as this offseason, writes Sean Deveney of Heavy.com. “I know (Nets owner) Joe Tsai came into this year looking at it like, ‘Let’s see how this plays out,'” an Eastern Conference GM said to Deveney. “Well, he’s seen how it has played out. … No matter what happens with Kyrie in the next few days, you have to think that Joe Tsai is going to say it is time to tear it all down and start over. And that means KD is next up.”
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Deveney. “Well, he’s seen how it has played out. … No matter what happens with Kyrie in the next few days, you have to think that Joe Tsai is going to say it is time to tear it all down and start over. And that means KD is next up.”
For all the wagoneers on HoopsRumors. This should teach you. That building a contender. Takes more than just talent. Kyrie has a history we can all access. This is nothing new.
Stop swallowing the news espn and all other so called sports news outlets feed YOU.
This is why we didn’t want him in NY. Not to mention the FACT we had no team. The press uses NYC like Kyrie uses NBA teams. They only want clicks and readership (more $). I know most here don’t care or know enough about ball. To have an intelligent understanding of the facts. But if you do the research yourself. You’d be surprised at how much info you can get on your own.
So today ……… look at Nets !!!!
Then look at Knicks ………. yeeeeess
finally doing it the right way. A true REBUILD
Oh yeah one more thing …..
F$&? all you haters especially espn lap dogs
And the Knicks still suck.
I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance.
another genius ……
Brooklyn 4th seed, Knicks 7th seed. I speak facts
There must be a reason you are so sensitive to fact-based criticism – something tells me this is the only place you can share your basketball-related opinions without people laughing at you or walking away.
Latest on Kyrie: still an imbecile.
Salary cap $134 MM
Irving thinks he deserves $50 MM per year
He cares about money more than championships
No, he wants the new team to guve him 2 yr extension for $79M with an option. He wants an insurance to play res of the season.
Then he’s the one being unreasonable if he wouldn’t take a similar offer from the Nets that should keep him in Brooklyn for the same time period as KD if he took the option. He’s adamant about getting 4/$198M when he knows he can’t get that from any other team without a sign and trade after the season.
It would be amazing if they could trade him to China like they have in baseball (I believe) the guys a cancer
Sixers trade Thybulle for Irving
Everyone that follows and are associated with the Nets will like this
Thybulle has 5M and Irving 37M.. how could that be posible?
LOL it won’t and Nets fans would have a fit
2019-20 signed with Nets. He played 39 gms.
2020-21 played 54 gms
2021-22 played 29 gms
2022-23 played 40 gms
Teams win championships. And you have to play to be part of one. Kyrie never wins anything if not for Bron.
If you are the Lakers. You’d pay Russ $47M a year and not Irving $50m? I mean I get it he’s not always stable. But no one should have been surprised by Russ’ fit with the Lakers and that seems ok. The flip side is you give up less to get Irving than you have for Russ because of his situation… so that seems to even it out for me.
Why would anyone want Kyrie as a teammate? We’ve seen time and time again that he has no problem quitting.
“After failing to show up for the Nets’ morning shootaround, the team ruled Irving out for Saturday night’s contest against the Washington Wizards with right calf soreness.”
link to yardbarker.com
This is who he is ……. when will you learn.
KD was a fool to believe in him. Even a washed Harden understood. A ran as fast as he could. Or waddle away as fast as he could.
According to what I was the Clippers offered 2nd round picks and Luke Kennerd and Marcus Morris and John Wall for Irving and Lavert
LeVert? What year you living in?
Not sure why he has to talk a calf I jury when he could just say it’s a mental health issue. Would it be a lie