The Brooklyn Nets have their eyes on the NBA title, but the Kyrie Irving offseason drama will continue to be a cloud over them during the regular season and playoffs. One solution that’s been floated around would be for the Nets to trade Irving for Ben Simmons, who is another all-star making major headlines on an Eastern Conference contender.
However, according to NBA insider Marc Stein, it’s not likely to happen because his sources tell him Irving could retire should the Nets decide to ship him out of town.
“There is no indication yet- that the 76ers have an interest in exploring the Simmons-for Kyrie Irving trade being thrown around as the natural “solution” for two Atlantic Division teams facing major headaches to start the season. Reason being: It is not at all the obvious solution it would appear to be on paper.”
“There is a belief in some corners of the league that Irving would retire, or at least deeply ponder it, if Brooklyn suddenly traded him. The 29-year-old is also a challenge to manage in the best of times and can become a free agent as soon as next summer if he declines his lucrative player option for the 2022-23 season. Forget how tantalizing it is to imagine Brooklyn adding Simmons’ playmaking and defense. Does any of this sound like a palatable solution for Philly?”
Just last month, Nick Wright of Fox Sports said Irving would retire as well, but the Nets superstar jumped in his comments and fired back.
The Nets lured Durant and Irving as a package and have completely catered to those stars. They have since traded for James Harden to give them one of the most deadliest trios the league has ever seen. If not fr injuries late in the season, the team would’ve been right there to compete for the NBA title.
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