Here is the problem you have if you are the Nets.
If you don’t trade him now you don’t get anything in return when he leaves the team for free agency. If you do trade him now that likely ends any type of deep playoff run for a team that championship window is about to close.
It is understandable the Nets would want some provisions in Kyrie’s contract before they gave him a a max deal, but it is also Kyrie’s right to say no because other teams will pay him what he wants without the provisions.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has told the franchise that he wants to be traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Irving is set to be a free agent this summer. There were some recent talks with the Nets on an extension, but no deal was reached and a trade request was delivered to the organization on Friday, sources told ESPN.
Irving has not shared a list of preferred teams he would like to be traded to, but he has maintained an interest in the Lakers, sources said. L.A. is expected to be among the teams that’ll explore a possible trade with the Nets.
The Mavericks have also had previous interest in Irving and are expected to explore the idea of a trade, sources told ESPN. Like most teams, the Mavericks have been reluctant to offer significant assets for Irving.
Irving is having a great season but his talent has never been at issue.
Regardless if you agree or disagree with that he says and does off the court the main source of contention is his availability to the team. That appears to be what the hesitation in signing him long term comes from.
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