RUMOR: Nets open to Kyrie Irving trade, but there’s a problem
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, it would take a “significant trade offer” for the Nets to part ways with Irving, but it is not impossible at all considering the championship aspirations of the team. Besides, it is why they decided that Irving should either get vaccinated and play or sit out at all.
However, the problem for Brooklyn is Irving’s willingness to be traded. As previous rumors indicated, Kyrie is said to be ready to retire if the Nets part ways with him and send him to another team.
Rival teams believe the Nets would be open to a significant trade offer for Irving, but his openness to playing for other franchises is unclear. Irving will be fully eligible in all markets except New York City and San Francisco. Brooklyn is on a championship chase, wanting the commitment of every player on their roster, now dealing with the cloud of uncertainty regarding a member of its big three.
While Kyrie Irving is reportedly not really against the vaccine–with Charania noting that he’s making a statement because of the people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates–the fact is his absence will have a massive impact on the team and could even be a source of distraction.
Considering the importance of the season for the Nets, it’s not surprising if they really want to trade Irving. Nonetheless, it will certainly be tricky to find a team willing to give a huge haul for him.