Kyrie Irving has become somewhat of a forgotten man on the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. With everyone paying attention to the Kevin Durant trade rumors, Irving's trade request hasn't gotten nearly as much attention.
A big reason for that is because many teams are not interested in forking over a huge package to land Irving. Irving created a list of teams he would like to be traded to, but of the teams on that list, only the Los Angeles Lakers have shown any sort of continued interest in Kyrie.
Durant's situation has certainly been drawn out, but so has Kyrie Irving's, and it seems like neither one is nearing a conclusion. ESPN's Brian Windhorst recently said that trade talks involving Irving are “frozen”, and that the Nets are working on finding a trade for Durant before they deal with Kyrie.
Trade talks for Kyrie Irving are 'frozen,' per @WindhorstESPN
The Nets are prioritizing completing a trade for Kevin Durant. pic.twitter.com/IfVLopOqPr
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2022
Both trade sagas appear set to get drawn out. But with Irving drawing much less interest than Durant, it wouldn't be surprising to see him be stuck on Brooklyn longer than Durant.
Of course, the overarching assumption is that Kyrie will eventually end up on Los Angeles, but according to ESPN's Nick Friedell, many folks around the NBA are skeptical that Irving teaming up with his old friend LeBron James on the Lakers will actually work.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 11, 2022
The entire NBA world is convinced that Kyrie Irving will be a Laker by the time the 2022-23 season starts. The problem is that L.A. doesn't have a trade package that Brooklyn is interested in, and with nobody else bidding for Irving's services, talks are at a standstill.
Chances are Irving will be in Los Angeles at some point next season. But it probably won't happen until Durant gets traded first, meaning the Nets will have two prolonged trade sagas to deal with this offseason.