Kyrie Irving is back in the news and once again it is related to the long and drawn-out saga that was his vaccination status. After he missed more than half of the season, in large part because of that decision, the Brooklyn Nets are reportedly wary of giving him a contract extension. Well, for that, and other reasons, as detailed by the New York Daily News.
The bottom-line is that Irving may not be in the Nets’ future plans and even though he has a year left on his contract (a player option), usually disagreements of this magnitude only go in one direction and that is towards a split. So, if the Nets and Irving do move on, where could he go?
While some might argue his stock is lowered by the season that was, he’s still one of the best scorers in the league and, while controversial, somebody will take him. He’s still a future Hall of Famer in his prime who is remarkably efficient for the volume he shoots and scores.
Now, it’s not like the entire league will be lining up to acquire him, but I found it difficult to widdle the list down to five. For instance, I don’t have the Lakers or Clippers, though I could see both teams considering it. The problem is how they would make a trade work given the Nets would have little reason to want what they can offer.