Kyrie Irving, LeBron James discussing reunion in Lakers?

Kyrie Irving now expected to find a new team by opting in and requesting trade

NBA Central: Kyrie Irving is expected to find a new team by opting in and requesting a trade, per @Shams Charania pic.twitter.com/Po3zXI4Xcs
Source: Twitter @TheNBACentral

What’s the buzz on Twitter?


Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
NBA rumors: Amid Kyrie Irving uncertainty, future of Brooklyn Nets could be determined ‘in next several days to a week’ nj.com/nets/2022/06/n… – 1:42 AM


Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
NBA Draft ends the way it started for the Nets, with no draft picks. Brooklyn stood pat. Expectation seemed to be that way after sending some texts out towards end of first round. We’ll see who they land the UDFA route. And oh yeah, that Kyrie Irving situation is a thing, too. – 12:32 AM


Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant still could stay with #Nets even if Kyrie Irving leaves nypost.com/2022/06/24/kev… via @nypostsports12:18 AM


Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
Packed show tonight…
– Making sense of the Knicks trade
– Kyrie saga + potential fallout
– What now with Ayton?
– Pacers now 1st Team All League Pass
– Giving away $100 to 5 contestants
– Fan calls
Join us!⬇️
youtube.com/watch?v=93BURw… – 11:47 PM


Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Potential options if Heat loses free agent priority P.J. Tucker. And Miami on Kyrie Irving’s list: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col… – 9:44 PM


Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
What’s the latest on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn? twitter.com/i/spaces/1lPKq…9:19 PM


Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Paolo Banchero is the 5th No. 1 from Duke following
Art Heyman (1963)
Elton Brand (1999)
Kyrie Irving (2011)
Zion Williamson (2019). – 8:11 PM


Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Paolo Banchero is the fifth player from Duke selected with the first overall pick in the #NBADraft.
He joins Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999), Kyrie Irving (2011), and Zion Williamson (2019). pic.twitter.com/oSb7PobC4S8:10 PM


StatMuse @statmuse
Duke has had 5 players picked first overall, the most in NBA history.
Paolo Banchero (2022)
Zion Williamson (2019)
Kyrie Irving (2011)
Elton Brand (1999)
Art Heyman (1963) pic.twitter.com/hWEEVHLaKu8:10 PM


Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Paulo Banchero would be the 5th top overall pick from Duke.
That extends what is already a record.
Zion Williamson.
Kyrie Irving.
Elton Brand.
Art Heyman.
Kentucky is next with 3 overall top picks. – 8:10 PM


Ian Begley @IanBegley
One note on Kyrie Irving/Nets: Brooklyn’s stance against giving Irving a max extension has been thus far fully supported by owner Joe Tsai. – 8:07 PM


Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast: it’s PART ONE of NBA Draftapalooza featuring Kyrie/Nets drama, a Most Fun KD Trade Teams draft and my official decision on Paolo/Chet/Jabari. Taped w/ @Kevin O’Connor @Ryen Russillo @ChrisRyan77 at 3:15 PT.
open.spotify.com/episode/5mUekE… – 8:04 PM


Joe Vardon @joevardon
People forget Sean Marks was entirely noncommittal on Irving at his season-ending press conference a month ago. – 7:55 PM


Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
On the Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/xphBIP8LB37:44 PM


Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think the funniest thing about Kyrie possibly taking the TPMLE to join the Lakers is that Westbrook would still be there.
Do they John Wall him at that point? Do they give up picks to move him? Just play him 15 MPG?
I still don’t think Kyrie is coming but this fascinates me. – 7:41 PM


Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Latest on the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to start the @Stadium 2022 NBA Draft Live Show: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…7:31 PM


Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Kyrie’s options
1) opt in to his $36.9m PO – can just opt in or opt in and then extend
2) get Brooklyn to cooperate on a sign and trade
3) opt out and leave as a free agent – but here are the teams with cap space (DET, ORL, IND, SAN)
So Kyrie needs the Nets, one way or another – 7:28 PM


Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie should absolutely show up at the NBA Draft tonight. – 7:15 PM


Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
They’re playing James Harden and Kyrie Irving highlights on the jumbotron as part of a Nets top 10 plays here at the draft and come on read the room Barclays Center – 7:13 PM


Dan Favale @danfavale
not sure i ever truly understood deja vu before the kyrie irving news cycle – 6:46 PM


StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie Irving career:
.721 in games with LeBron
.477 in games without LeBron
@LeGoatMuse pic.twitter.com/gZXhUrEare6:32 PM


Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Bump this again -> Latest @BleacherReport A 3-Team Kyrie Irving Trade Between Lakers-Nets-Thunder Could Make Everyone Happy – I mean, this is the internet, no single thing is going to make everyone happy. Nonetheless, I dug into why it could add up bleacherreport.com/articles/10039… – 6:27 PM


Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
The Nets were just hanging out with a young team that had improved by 14 wins in the spring of 2019 when Kyrie Irving and Durant told them, “Hey, you guys, get excited, we’re coming to play for you!”
Oh.
Lucky us. – 6:18 PM


Dan Favale @danfavale
kyrie and the nets negotiating against each other pic.twitter.com/mRrr4QQ4JX6:18 PM


Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
My official prediction for tonight:
“The Orlando Magic have decided to trade the No. 1 pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Tom Brady and three tires from Jimmie Johnson’s last car. But how will that affect Kyrie? Let’s discuss.” – 6:13 PM


Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Exploring potential stretch four options if Heat loses free agent priority Tucker. And Miami again on Kyrie Irving’s list: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col… – 5:57 PM


Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
The Sixers are reportedly on Kyrie Irving’s short list of sign-and-trade preferences if he makes his way out of Brooklyn. So here are my thoughts on whether it’s worthy being in the Irving business in 2022 phillyvoice.com/nba-trade-rumo… – 5:43 PM


Brad Townsend @townbrad
Report: Kyrie Irving lists Mavs as possible destination if he can’t reach deal with Nets dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 5:40 PM


David Hardisty @clutchfans
I expect Nets to work this out with Kyrie/KD, but this year may be the only season they can struggle and be fine. This is #Rockets last year they expect to lose. Their pick will be high. They only have swap rights this year. BKN could finish #7 in the draft and still keep it. – 5:18 PM


The Ringer @ringernba
💯 The leaks and rumors surrounding Kyrie
💯 Three most likely teams for Kyrie if he does leave Brooklyn
💯 Real One of the Week
#RealOnes: open.spotify.com/episode/1W9wH5… – 5:17 PM


Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
If no deal can be reached with Nets, Kyrie Irving’s list of sign-and-trade candidates includes Knicks, Sixers and Lakers: Report nj.com/knicks/2022/06… – 5:16 PM


Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Reports: Irving gives Nets list of potential destinations, Durant considering Nets’ future nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/23/rep… – 5:05 PM


StatMuse @statmuse
Nets wins in the last 4 seasons:
2019 — 42
*add Kyrie and KD
2020 — 35
2021 — 48
2022 — 44
They have only been a top 4 seed once in the Kyrie era. pic.twitter.com/BIKg8dpvNM5:04 PM


Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Six teams are among Kyrie Irving’s preferred destinations if he leaves the Nets
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13… – 5:03 PM


BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kyrie Irving has named 6 teams he would like to play for 👀
Kevin Durant is monitoring the Nets situation, which opens a window for Irving to find a new team via opt-in and trade
basketnews.com/news-174044-ky… – 4:58 PM


Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat linked to Kyrie Irving’s latest NBA wandering eye, as Nets situation grows muddled. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Also: The Heat’s ongoing Chet Kammerer impact; and Jimmy Butler getting his international kicks. – 4:58 PM


Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, YouTube version. Topics include Kyrie giving up $30M (spoiler: he won’t), Darvin Ham’s staff, and what the Lakers could do w/a second round pick. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtu.be/NZko5wJZD3I?t=… – 4:58 PM


Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
On the Heat and Kyrie Irving youtu.be/tSaDriH1074 – 4:51 PM


Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Is Kyrie spiteful enough to opt out and take the midlevel with another contender? Literally any other star and the answer is no. But Kyrie… Maybe! – 4:47 PM


Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
I understand they’re in the middle of a negotiation battle, but let’s say they do lose KD and Kyrie — they fired Kenny Atkinson, his staff, fired Nash’s staff, traded away all their core pieces.
What’s next?
A rebuild with Nash leading a young core? – 4:42 PM


The Ringer @ringernba
James Harden seeing Kevin Durant and Kyrie potentially on their way out of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/BSDkjmqSxs4:34 PM


Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Kyrie’s done it again pic.twitter.com/YQq8Djn5jl4:31 PM


Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Kyrie getting traded to the Sixers and KD getting traded to the Warriors would be by far the funniest outcome – 4:31 PM


Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think the Nets are going to figure this out. I think Durant, Kyrie and Simmons are gonna be in the opening day lineup.
But if they don’t, this immediately becomes one of the greatest disasters in roster-building history. To go from favorites to this in ONE YEAR is unheard of. – 4:29 PM


Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Uh-oh Kyrie needs a ride again pic.twitter.com/MaBbkmlSY54:28 PM


Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future. Kyrie Irving is set to leaving the Nets this summer and everything is going to change for the franchise. Nothing will be the same in Brooklyn #NetsWorld
sdna.gr/mpasket/978547… – 4:26 PM


Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Personally find it all too convenient that the 2 top insiders reported at the same time for it to be much more than a threat to BKN.
But, Kyrie has to be like the only in-prime star whose risk exceeds his reward? – 4:24 PM


Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
If you like drama, conspiracy theories, occasional disappearances, but one hell of a guard, Kyrie Irving is for you. Let’s check in with Daryl Morey. – 4:22 PM


Ian Begley @IanBegley
We noted earlier this week that people around Kyrie Irving have viewed NYK as potential destination if things went awry in his negotiations w/BKN; @Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NYK is among teams Irving would like BKN to consider in sign-&-trades in that scenario: on.sny.tv/gv3roJd – 4:21 PM


Fred Katz @FredKatz
I wrote earlier this week about the Knicks’ route to acquiring Kyrie Irving, if they want to sign him.
They are over the cap today, but they don’t need to do a sign-and-trade to bring Kyrie in. There are moves that can open up max space.
Story here: https://t.co/8YYWzSHnlu pic.twitter.com/zxfDnS6drD4:21 PM


TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The idea of Brooklyn sign-and-trading Kyrie to Philly to get Harden back after he demanded out of Brooklyn to get to Philly is so funny that I’m refusing to acknowledge how utterly insane and improbable it is. – 4:19 PM


Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The team I’d watch on the Kyrie front, just based on the list @Adrian Wojnarowski put out: the Los Angeles Clippers. – 4:19 PM


Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Intriguing leverage play here by Kyrie/KD to get Irving his max deal with the Nets. We will see if Sean Marks blinks first even though he’s holding most of the cards. Durant is signed through 2025-26 and Kyrie can’t go anywhere he wants to in free agency without Nets’ help. – 4:18 PM


Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if you are someone who roots for armageddon: it’s not Kyrie for Russ, it’s Kyrie AND Russ. – 4:17 PM


Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider on sign-and-trades, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have cap space to sign him without Nets’ help. – 4:10 PM


Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Great viewer comment on the @LockedOnLakers YouTube page! AK @LockedOnNBAPods
“LeBron’s GOAT case grows considerably stronger if he talks Kyrie into taking a massive pay cut to link up again. Nobody would take that sort of cut in pay to be abused by Jordan on a daily basis.” – 1:57 PM


Bill Oram @billoram
Kyrie Irving is suddenly, maybe available but disciplined teams with structure and a clear identity know better than to pursue him. That’s what makes the Lakers his ideal landing spot. theathletic.com/3379101/2022/0… – 12:06 PM


Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! Would Kyrie *really* take $30M less to join the Lakers? Jordan Ott joins Darvin Ham’s staff. Can the Lakers buy into the second round of the draft? #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
Subscribe, fools!
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wou… – 11:39 AM


StatMuse @statmuse
First overall picks to play on a team with LeBron James:
— Joe Smith
— Shaquille O’Neal
— Greg Oden
— Kyrie Irving
— Andrew Bogut
— Derrick Rose
— Anthony Davis
— Dwight Howard
That’s 28% of #1 picks since 1992. pic.twitter.com/fn33o07FTQ11:12 AM


Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2011, the @Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Players in this draft have accounted for 31 All-Star nods:
7 – Irving
6 – Jimmy Butler
5 – Kawhi Leonard
5 – Klay Thompson
4 – Kemba Walker
2 – Isaiah Thomas
2 – Nikola Vucevic pic.twitter.com/vY8aFVBKXY11:01 AM


Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Hopped on ESPN Radio last night to discuss Kyrie Irving reaching Nets’ Impasse, Kevin Durant, and the repercussions that might come with it.
youtube.com/watch?v=Vbj46Y… – 10:39 AM


Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
New @LockedOnHeat pod
– Final Heat draft board
– Draft-night predictions
– Why the Heat didn’t trade for Jerami Grant
– Latest on Kyrie
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/loc… – 10:24 AM


BasketNews @BasketNews_com
If the rumours are right, can we potentially see Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in LA next season? 👀 pic.twitter.com/aQA9SLF6Y83:04 AM


Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport A 3-Team Kyrie Irving Trade Between Lakers-Nets-Thunder Could Make Everyone Happy – I mean, this is the internet, no single thing is going to make everyone happy. Nonetheless, I dug into why it could add up bleacherreport.com/articles/10039… – 1:09 AM


Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
What’s the latest on Kyrie Irving’s future? @Michael Scotto is discussing that now: twitter.com/i/spaces/1RDGl…11:08 PM


David Hardisty @clutchfans
Said @Kendrick Perkins: “It’s not going to be a ‘might’ that Kevin Durant ‘might’ want out. He’s GOING to want out if the Brooklyn Nets don’t offer Kyrie that long-term extension.” – 9:54 PM


Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
ICYMI: Lowe Post podcast: Steve Kerr goes behind the scenes on GSW’s title run, then @Jonathan Givony on all things draft/trade rumors/Kyrie/free agency, more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3O99jdO
Apple: apple.co/3biyGv5 – 9:22 PM


Bill Oram @billoram
In which I say — through gritted teeth — that the Lakers should pursue Kyrie Irving if he’s really available, but only because they’ve backed themselves in such a corner they can’t afford to ask themselves the most important questions. theathletic.com/3379101/2022/0… – 8:27 PM

More on this storyline

Later Thursday, Woj went on ESPN to say “I’m told that Kevin Durant has not told the Nets that if Kyrie Irving leaves, that means he’s going to ask for a trade.” -via NetsDaily / June 23, 2022

Adrian Wojnarowski: Those are teams who Irving has interest in, but he isn’t necessarily a priority for all of them, sources said. -via Twitter @wojespn / June 23, 2022

Shams Charania: Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future. This now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / June 23, 2022

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