Michael Wilbon has responded to the latest NBA rumors surrounding Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving.
Irving and the Nets front office are at a standstill over his future with the franchise. The five-time All-Star could become a free agent this offseason if he opts out of his player option.
Brooklyn will likely consider a sign-and-trade move for Irving if they decide to break up with him.
According to the latest reports, the LA Lakers, New York Knicks and LA Clippers are considered potential candidates for him.
Here’s Michael Wilbon’s response to the rumors of ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption”:
“I see Kyrie Irving leaving everywhere because he is an ego maniac. He thinks he is the solution to everything.
“He’s a great player. He’s one of the great talents in the league. He’s one of the great talents in the league for the last 15 years. But they don’t win anything with him in Brooklyn, and I think in Brooklyn, they’re starting to understand.”
Kyrie Irving has not had a successful stint with the Brooklyn Nets. In three seasons with the team, he has only won one playoff series.
Injuries and problems off the field have hampered his availability. These are believed to be two of the many reasons behind Brooklyn’s refusal to offer him a maximum contract.
Michael Wilbon Says Kyrie Irving And LeBron James Can Rekindle Their Magic And Win Another Title
The latest trade rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving have excited LA Lakers fans, as the franchise is a potential suitor for him.
LeBron James and Irving took the Cleveland Cavaliers to three NBA finals in a row. The duo also led the Cavaliers to a title win despite trailing 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Michael Wilbon thinks James needs Irving now. He also said the two have the potential to rekindle their magic and win the title again as teammates.
Here’s what Wilbon had to say:
“LeBron is in a different position now. He needs some help. He needs some talent on that team. I don’t believe for a second that Russell Westbrook and LeBron are going to team up to win a championship. Him and Kyrie maybe. Maybe … able to breathe new life into that magic.”
Kyrie Irving has previously played alongside LeBron James and his marksmanship could greatly help new coach Darvin Ham’s 4-for-1-in system.
However, the Brooklyn Nets could get a better deal from their crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks or the LA Clippers in a potential sign-and-trade.
Unless Brooklyn is tempted by Russell Westbrook’s ability to play at least 75 games each season, a deal with the Lakers is unlikely to come through.