The Brooklyn Nets haven’t been able to escape the NBA spotlight and all the drama that has accompanied it in the past few months. As if the first-round playoff drift to the Boston Celtics wasn’t bad enough, the Nets then had to deal with the turmoil that followed Kevin Durant’s order over trade and trade rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving’s near future as well.
While Irving hasn’t formally requested a deal from a team like Durant, many have been quick to speculate that the off-season that the seven-time All-Star goalkeeper may already have one foot out the door in Brooklyn given he has only a year left on his contract.
The Nets were not prepared to negotiate a long-term agreement with Kyrie Irving this off season and as a result, doubts have been cast over this entire franchise not just for the 2022-23 season, but for their foreseeable future.
If the nets lose Irving and Durant, they will face a long and exhausting rebuilding process simply because of the lack of assets they own.
After giving up nearly all of their test capital in 2021 to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets, the Nets didn’t really have draw picks, not much space, and wouldn’t have star players to build around them if they traded both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Now in August, more than a full month since Durant requested a deal and commercial rumors about Irving started circulating throughout the league, things have largely settled around the league regarding these two superstars simply because the commercial market for both players is broken.
No team in the league can give away the assets that the Nets want Kevin Durant, and as far as Kyrie Irving’s situation is concerned, the story seems to have changed dramatically.
While early reports suggested Irving was interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it now appears as if this wasn’t entirely realistic and the All-Star team actually wants to play for the Nets during the 2022-23 season.
according to Ian Begley from SNYwho covers both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks closely, sources close to Irving said he is “in a good place with the net and comfortable to enter the 2022-23 season.”
Irving was on the record saying that He wants to stay in Brooklyn In the long run on multiple occasions, but many are always quick to create whatever kind of story they can, especially if there’s been talk of a possible meeting between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Los Angeles.
While he wants a long-term and security deal, training camps around the NBA begin in September, and it appears that as of now, Kyrie Irving will be attending the Brooklyn Nets.
If this does happen and Irving does in fact commit to the 2022-23 season with the Nets, as he appears to have already done so by picking his player option, then Durant could follow suit and set aside his trade order. For now.
With how volatile the NBA offseason can be and how aggressive the front offices are trying to execute deals, it wouldn’t be surprising to see all-stars being traded ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season.
However, don’t be surprised if Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant stay with the Brooklyn Nets in pursuit of the title.