There hasn’t been a Kyrie Irving update in a little time, so here you go.
There were rumors that the Nets would be willing to trade Kyrie since he can’t play home games, and they won’t let him play road games.
Those rumors kind of went away, but they’re back now.
According to Ian Begley of SNYtv, the Nets are currently listening to trade offers for Kyrie. It would be crazy if they did end up trading him because he’s the reason Kevin Durant and James Harden are there. Durant is playing way too many minutes and needs help.
Durant, of course, is one of the best players in the world. But given his age (33) and surgically-repaired right Achilles, the Nets would prefer to play him fewer minutes.
“It’s not ideal to have him have such a burden, but I don’t know what options we have other than to play him less and lose more,” Nets head coach Steve Nash said Tuesday. “He’s a great player, and we’re down a great player (Kyrie Irving) and a really good player (Joe Harris) and a few others (Nic Claxton — ill). So I don’t know if we have the luxury right now. Hopefully, the season gives us opportunities.”
To that end, it’s worth noting that, as of late last month, Brooklyn remained open to talking trades involving Irving, per SNY sources. ESPN reported in late October that the Nets were taking calls on potential Irving trades, but not making them. In the weeks following that report, several teams said Brooklyn has continued to take that approach with the All-Star guard.
Gotta do what they gotta do, though.
While everyone agrees that Irving is a great player, you simply don’t know if you can trust him to be 100% invested in basketball at this time, especially with everything else he has going on in his life.
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