Contrary to earlier reports, the Brooklyn Nets do not have a lot of suitors for Kyrie Irving. Apparently, it's just the Los Angeles Lakers who are interested in the veteran guard.
On Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium said that there are “several suitors” for Irving, mentioning the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers as the other teams interested.
However, an earlier report stated that the Sixers only had internal discussions about possibly trading for Kyrie and never had actual talks with the Nets. Nick Wright of FOX Sports corroborated that and highlighted how the “Lakers are the Nets' only current suitor.”
Not sure what’s been reported elsewhere this morning, but I can report definitively that the Sixers are not and have not been engaged in trade talks for Kyrie this offseason.
There’s no appetite for him in Philly.
The Lakers are the Nets only current suitor.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) July 3, 2022
Well, that is certainly not a good news for Brooklyn.
The Lakers' interest is no surprise because they have been linked with Kyrie Irving ever since a potential sign-and-trade deal was floated and explored. When there was no way the Purple and Gold could get Kyrie via sign-and-trade, the playmaker picked up his option with the team.
Although there were expectations Irving will stay in Brooklyn and just enter free agency next year, Kevin Durant demanded a trade. This put a question mark on Kyrie's future, further opening the door for his exit.
Unfortunately, as Nick Wright said, it doesn't look like there is a lot of interest in Irving. Perhaps other teams are just waiting what will happen with KD before making a move on Kyrie, but as things currently stand, the outlook doesn't look so good on the Kyrie trade front.