Kyrie Irving’s leverage play to get a deal done in Brooklyn looks like it’s going pretty well so far. We may be witnessing the end of this era of the Nets as we know it.
Irving is reportedly looking for a long-term commitment and a max extension from Brooklyn. The Nets don’t really seem to want to give him one after he only played 103 games for them in 3 seasons, which seems pretty reasonable.
Kevin Durant does not care about that at all, though. It’s either KD and Kyrie or it’s nothing — at least, if the things currently being reported are true.
We might be seeing the end of this era of the Brooklyn Nets as we know it. That’s so wild.
Wait, wait, wait. Kevin Durant might leave the Nets?
Apparently so. First, The Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted that Durant is “monitoring” the Nets situation and that he’s also considering options with his future.
He also said this opens up a path for Irving to search for a new home via opt-in and trade.
Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future.
This now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2022
Basically, KD is like “if Kyrie isn’t back, I might not be back.”
But is Kyrie Irving really willing to leave Brooklyn? Wouldn't he just take their deal?
Absolutely not. He holds all the leverage now. The best player on the team and, arguably, one of the best players in the world is on his side.
And, what’s more, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Irving actually has a list of teams he’s willing to go to.
ESPN Sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider on sign-and-trades, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have cap space to sign him without Nets’ help.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2022
That’s a pretty huge step forward in all this. It looks like he’s really ready to make the leap out of Brooklyn.
This is wild. There's no way any of this happens, right?
I mean, that’s how it felt 24 hours ago. But now? Not so much. This feels real. Very real.
Wednesday’s report from Wojnarowski outlined how Irving was using Durant for leverage in his negotiations with Brooklyn. Now, we follow that up with more rumors about Durant being willing to leave and a list of teams Irving is willing to go to?
This certainly still sounds like a leverage play from Irving’s side of things. But it also wouldn’t make any sense for them to dig in this deep if they weren’t willing to make the move.
Keep in mind, it’s also Brooklyn. We didn’t think the James Harden trade was happening either. Then, boom. He’s gone. Anything can happen here.