Brooklyn Nets have yet to find a solution in the Kyrie Irving situation, as the superstar guard remains unable to participate in indoor practices due to vaccination status.
Several rumors surrounding Irving and the Nets surfaced, indicating the franchise could explore potential trade deals for the 2016 NBA champion.
NBA Insider Marc Stein has recently reported that the point guard would retire or ‘deeply ponder it’ if he were traded from Brooklyn.
“There is no indication yet – that the 76ers have an interest in exploring the Simmons – for Kyrie Irving trade being thrown around as the natural “solution” for two Atlantic Division teams facing major headaches to start the season. Reason being: It is not at all the obvious solution it would appear to be on paper.
There is a belief in some corners of the league that Irving would retire, or at least deeply ponder it, if Brooklyn suddenly traded him.
The 29-year-old is also a challenge to manage in the best of times and can become a free agent as soon as next summer if he declines his lucrative player option for the 2022-23 season. Forget how tantalizing it is to imagine Brooklyn adding Simmons’ playmaking and defense. Does any of this sound like a palatable solution for Philly?”
A Ben Simmons-Kyrie Irving trade-off is among the several rumors that have been making the rounds on social media. Simmons has demanded out from Philadelphia earlier this past offseason.
Both the Sixers and the Nets are hoping Simmons and Irving, respectively, will become available in the near future. The Nets can still compete with a James Harden and Kevin Durant duo, though losing Kyrie means losing a huge amount of offensive firepower.