Report: Kyrie Irving is serious about potentially joining Nets
Kyrie Irving is reportedly serious about signing with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Boston Celtics. Irving grew up in New Jersey and was a Nets fan growing up.
Kyrie Irving is serious about the Nets — and the Nets are serious about beating the Knicks — and rest of league — to the biggest free agents in the marketplace, per league sources.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019
The Nets have cap space this summer to sign two max contract players. Brooklyn is reportedly trying to sign Irving and Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. If the Nets can’t get Durant but sign Irving, they’ll most likely re-sign point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent this summer.
Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season with the Celtics. The six-time All-Star shot 48.7 percent from the field. 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Boston lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in five games. Ever since then, multiple reports have claimed it’s a long shot that Irving re-signs with the Celtics.
The Nets made the playoffs this season for the first time since 2015. The future of the franchise is bright with general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson as the team’s brain trust.
Adding Kyrie Irving, one of the best players in the league, would be a huge addition for the Nets.