Kevin Durant’s trade request continues to loom across the NBA. One of the things behind the Durant rumors for the Brooklyn nets is their Kyrie Irving situation. Irving really messed up his contract negotiations, even threatening to leave the Nets for a while $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. After that, Irving decided to sign up for the last remaining year of his contract in Brooklyn, and Durant asked for a trade the next day. Some NBA sources have speculated that Durant’s request could have come if… a way to get Kyrie off the nets.
Durant may not be the only one trying to get Irving off the nets. An NBA insider shared that Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai could be so done with Irving that the team might look to waive him if he stays. Vince Goodwill of Yahoo shared that Irving almost certainly played his last game for the Nets.
“You’d better believe the Nets saw the last of Irving in their uniform — don’t be surprised if the Nets use the waiver-and-stretch feature to get rid of Irving’s presence, even if his scent will remain for the next three years.” to hang,” goodwill wrote:.
Now that the Nets are done with Irving and the growing skepticism surrounding their negotiations for a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and an Irving and LeBron James reunion, a new trading partner could be entering the mix. In a July 25 article on Bleacher Report, Andy Bailey shared a deal that would send Irving to the Timberwolves in Minnesota.
Kyrie Irving to Minnesota in trade talks
The Minnesota Timberwolves have already been in business this off-season with the acquisition of Rudy Gobert, and Bailey shared a trade proposal that upgrades the Timberwolves to the point guard position with Kyrie Irving. The Wolves would get Irving for an incredible value, sharing only one player and no choices in the proposal.
Receiving Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell
Minnesota Timberwolves received: Kyrie Irving
In the proposed deal, the Nets reunite with their one-time All-Star D’Angelo Russell. Russell had an impressive 2018-19 NBA season, leading the Nets into the postseason in a surprising way. After that, however, Durant and Irving made the decision to join forces in Brooklyn, and Russell was treated in the sign-and-trade for Durant. While Russell is a better option than Russell Westbrook, the deal would be a shining symbol of how badly the Nets failed in the Durant and Irving experiment, only to return to Russell years later.
D’Angelo Russell last season
D’Angelo Russell had a strong regular season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The point guard averaged more than 18 points per game and 7 assists. Russell can be bought for the busy backcourt with the growth of Anthony Edwards. His regular season play was impressive and he saw an increased usage percentage with a new team. However, Russell struggled in the postseason, scoring just 12 points per game on 33% shots.