The Brooklyn Nets don’t seem to be in the woods with all the movies after Kyrie Irving opted to join his contract for the next season.
As it turned out, a larger domino was about to drop and it took the form of Kevin Durant asking to be traded out of Brooklyn, even though his contract had four years left. Big deals like this don’t come in every day, so it’s possible that multiple teams will call about an offer.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as two Durant teams will be ready to go to.
With the Durant bomb dropped, Irving’s future also looks bleak now. Speaking on NBA Today, Wojnarowski revealed that he believes not only Durant played his last game in Brooklyn, but the same can be said for Irving.
Also uncomfortable out the door
Although Irving opted his contract would put him on contract for an extra year, the feeling is that he will be transferred to another team right now.
Wojnarowski said the Lakers are one of the only teams interested in getting him, so look for those rumors to resurface. Whatever the case may be, he feels the future is sealed for the point guard in Brooklyn.
Oddly enough, this transaction request was made on the same day that both Durant and Irving said they were going to Brooklyn on the third day of the year. The two haven’t played together much, and when you pick James Harden, this Nets team will become one of the biggest “What Ifs” in sports history.
What can the nets get?
In transactions for Irving and Durant, the Nets are expected to demand large sums of money in return.
Durant has four years left on his contract, so whoever trades for him will have control over him through what will likely be the remainder of his prime. The Suns will almost certainly have to include Deandre Ayton in a signing and sale agreement if they want to get him.
For Irving, it’s become more complicated now since he opted in to his trade. The Lakers appear poised to sign him on a low-cost $6 million deal, but with his $37 million player selection now out there, Los Angeles will have to make some Magic.
An obvious choice would be Russell Westbrook, but that’s unlikely to be a player the Nets would be much interested in. The Lakers will have to include young assets, draft picks and possibly Westbrook to get something out of it. It will be very difficult if they want to get him.
Ben Simmons will now be another question mark as he is brought in as the third star after Durant and Irving, but now he could be thrust into the limelight as the main star. This will definitely be his chance to prove himself a star.
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