NBA rumors: Nets consider possibility of trading Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving, the All-Star guard for the Brooklyn Nets, continues to sit on the sidelines while NBA trade rumors continue to swirl.
A refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 led to Kyries suspension. As a rule, New York City requires him to receive a vaccine before playing for the Brooklyn Nets home game.
Kyrie has made it clear that he won’t back down, making things more difficult for his team. Given the uncertainty of his situation, one insider revealed that the Nets remain open to trading the 29-year-old.
Shams Charania of The Athletic claimed that Irving is neither getting the shot nor changing his stance in the near future.
“Kyrie Irving is nowhere closer to getting the vaccine and he’s not gonna play basketball unless he gets traded,” Charania said. “Because unless the Nets come up someday and say, ‘fine, we’re gonna let you play road games, we’re gonna let you practice at home, we’re changing our stance.’ Or unless Kyrie Irving decides to get the shot (he won’t play).”
In late October, ESPN reported that the Nets had taken calls regarding potential Irving trades, but had not made a move. The following week, several teams reported that Brooklyn had kept that approach when dealing with the All-Star guard.
Due to Kyrie Irving’s absence, Brooklyn has to rely heavily on Kevin Durant and James Harden for its success. Consequently, Durant plays a team-high 35.8 minutes per game, while Harden averages 35.5 minutes, which is not ideal for both players. They were often injured last season and may have a few issues as the season continues.
As of right now, the Nets lead the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record during the 2021-22 NBA season. The question remains whether their success can be sustained throughout the season.
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