The Brooklyn Nets have been unable to escape the spotlight of the NBA and all the drama that comes with it in recent months. As if it wasn’t bad enough to be swept to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, the Nets then had to deal with the turmoil that ensued when Kevin Durant asked for a trade and also rumors of the near future of Kyrie Irving.
While Irving hasn’t formally requested a team swap like Durant, many have been quick to speculate this off-season that the seven-time All-Star guard could already have a foot out of Brooklyn as he only has a year to go. has on his contract.
The Nets were unwilling to negotiate a long-term deal with Kyrie Irving this off-season and as a result, a shadow of doubt has been cast over this entire franchise, not just for the 2022-23 season, but for their foreseeable future.
If the Nets lost Irving and Durant, they would face a long, grueling rebuilding process simply because of the lack of assets they own.
In 2021 they will give up almost all of their draft capital to take over James Harden of the Houston Rockets, the Nets have virtually no draft picks, not much cap space and they would have no star players to build around if they had both Kevin Durant and Kyrie. Irving would trade. .
Now in the month of August, more than a full month since Durant requested a trade and Irving’s trade rumors started circulating in the league, things around the league have settled dramatically regarding these two All-Stars, simply because the trading market is broken for both players.
No team in the league can give up the assets the Nets want for Kevin Durant and as for Kyrie Irving’s plight, it looks like the story has changed dramatically.
While early reports suggested that Irving had an interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, it now appears that this was not entirely factual and that the All-Star really wants to play for the Nets during the 2022-23 season. .
According to SNY’s Ian Begley, who closely follows both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, sources close to Irving said he’s “in a good spot with the Nets and going into the 2022-23 season comfortably.”
Irving is on record stating he want to stay in Brooklyn multiple times for the long haul, but many are always quick to create any kind of story they can, especially if there’s talk of a possible reunion between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Los Angeles.
While he wants a long-term deal and certainty, NBA training camps begin in September and it looks like Kyrie Irving will be on hand for the Brooklyn Nets from now on.
Should this actually happen and Irving does indeed commit to the 2022-23 season with the Nets, as he has already done by choosing his player option, Durant could very well follow suit and his trade request for the time being.
With how volatile the NBA offseason is and how aggressive front offices are to trying to transact, it wouldn’t come as a shock to see either All-Star trading before the start of the 2022-season. 23.
However, don’t be surprised if both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant remain with the Brooklyn Nets looking to win a title.