The Brooklyn Nets are the odds-on favorite to win the 2022 NBA championship, if they can stay healthy. If they do remain that way, they can definitely match up and defeat anybody in the league, and that includes the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite already having a championship level roster, the team was reportedly on board with trading Kyrie Irving.
During a discussion with Kendrick Perkins on ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. hinted at a potential trade involving Simmons and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving.
“Kyrie could’ve ended up in Philly,” Smith told Perkins. “[Nets GM] Sean Marks couldn’t do that because KD wasn’t having it.”
“The Brooklyn Nets were never enamored with taking [Irving] on to begin with. They did it because they knew that’s what Kevin Durant wanted. And Kevin Durant is so tight with Kyrie that when Kyrie said, ‘Yo man, Brooklyn’s the spot, not the New York Knicks,’ KD was like, ‘Cool.’”
“Here’s the problem: Mentally, [Irving is] not all about basketball. The problem is it creates a disinterest in him playing basketball, particularly during the regular season. … And so because of that, in an ideal world, does any organization want to deal with that? No. But most would try because Kyrie is just that special. In the case of the Brooklyn Nets, [James] Harden and KD would be enough [to win a championship] but KD wouldn’t be happy if Kyrie walked away and it damn sure can’t be because the Brooklyn Nets pushed him away. … So, it really is in Kyrie’s hands.”
Smith concluded by noting that Irving is a “bit bizarre.”
Per Smith, Durant told the Nets front office “don’t do it,” in regards to the potential trade.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.