Why would any NBA team want the Brooklyn Nets to protect Kyrie Irving?
Finally, some time later, after accumulating hundreds of millions of dollars, Kyrie Irving will have his own. At that point, however, it will be too late to teach him that he’s ever done anything wrong. When the news broke that Irving Requests Transaction From Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the follow-up question “Can you trust this guy?” is “Where will he end up?”
There are two answers. The first is the Los Angeles Lakers. There’s one player in league history who can put Irving into productive basketball seasons, and that’s LeBron James.
The second is Shanghai Sharks because while not all guards can score you 27 points with Kyrie’s flair and ball handling, there are still plenty of people who can score 25 points in one night without the daily mind games (migraine?).
Is a Kyrie-LeBron Sequel = Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook Part 2?
Sorry, that subtitle is purely a troll and I suppose Durant would rather retire than play with Westbrook again. That said, there’s too much irony in the Lakers-Nets trading scenario to ignore it.
Durant always chirps about how he just wants to hoop and ignore the chatter. Irving has never been about that despite his claims to the contrary. Yet Westbrook will give you every ounce of effort that he has even if the energy is ultimately misplaced, and will tell the media to go fuck themselves, too.
What I’m wondering is how Los Angeles and Brooklyn get a deal done without shipping Brodie cross country. And if that happens, which would have to happen in the next week, where does that leave Durant?
When you whittle down the trade partners, only a few teams make sense (Dallas), or even have the cajones (Clippers and Lakers), to think they can get two to three months of drama-free basketball out of Irving, and never underestimate the Lakers ability to throw all sense of responsibility into the Pacific when backed into a corner.
The Nets should call Irving’s bluff, which will end his career
I highly doubt Irving gets moved because he executed this demand about as poorly as humanly possible. The Nets are 31-20 and currently occupy the fourth seed in the East. There’s no reason for them to make a trade other than the fact that they’re negotiating with someone who’s willing to destroy everything for ideals that no one, not even himself, can define.
Let’s be real, at this point we’re all counting down the days until Irving goes full Stephon Marbury and is forced to finish his career in China. He should be there already. Go play in the Big 3, or revive the And 1 Mixtape Tour. Kyrie is seriously a sideshow at this stage of his career, and this is as much performance art as that time Shai LeBeouf strolled the red carpet wear a bag on your head.
If you clicked here and wondered if your team would land Irving or not, god help you. Every organization in the NBA, including Brooklyn, would be better off breaking the wasp nest than having Irving within 300 feet of the team’s premises.
Even if I was wrong, and Irving went to the Lakers and won another title, I would never admit it. And in a damn way, I think that’s what Kyrie likes better.