Hold your horses on the Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn Nets rumors. It seems we may have a problem.
After firing his longtime agent and signing with ROC Nation Sports, it was assumed that Iving would definitely be taking his talents to the Nets, but the franchise might not feel the same way about signing him, not because he isn’t a good player, but because he might not be bringing a better player with him.
Brian Lewis of the NY Post is detailing that the Nets might not be 100 percent committed to Irving unless he’s bringing Kevin Durant with him.
The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.
As far as other teams, they saw what happened with the Boston Celtics last season and they also have some concerns as well.
Other teams had already backed off of pursuing Irving with similar concerns over the way things went awry in Boston. If the Nets do the same, it would mean keeping Russell, who is a younger and cheaper option as a restricted free agent.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix recently spoke on how Irving’s relationship with the younger players on the team was terrible.
“[Kyrie Irving]’s relationship with young players on [Boston] was awful. I think Jaylen Brown was probably the worst. Don’t think it was great with Jayson Tatum. Terry Rozier, it was awful…relationship with Brad Stevens wasn’t solid…” he said.
The Nets are coming off a good season where they qualified for the postseason and are looking to take the next step.
NBA free agency is set to begin on Sunday night, June 30.