NBA insider Shams Charania is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks have shown interest in acquiring Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets.
Earlier this week, Irving announced he was opting into his $37 million player option for the next season.
Just when it seemed the Nets would get back Irving and Kevin Durant for the 2022/23 season, Durant requested a trade from the Nets. With Durant wanting out, Irving wants the same and reportedly he has most interest in joining the Lakers.
On Sunday, Charania reported that the Lakers have interest in pairing Irving with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Prior to the trade deadline, the 76ers acquiring James Harden from the Nets. Now, they have interesting in teaming up Harden and Joel Embiid with Irving.
On the other side, the Mavericks are desperate to bring in another star to play with Luka Doncic.
NBA insider warned Irving could still want out
Some thought Irving returning to the Nets was safe after the guard opted into his contract for the next season.
However, NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported Irving could still seek a trade. "When Kyrie announced he was opting in, I was like 'okay, we can move on. This won't be a thing,' Windhorst said. "But that's not what my phone was telling me.
That's not what the executives were telling me. That's not what the agents were telling me. They are saying this ain't over, because the Nets made it clear to everybody they did not want the status quo. If nothing else changed, they were not going to be happy.
They were not sure if that this satisfied that situation. It was not just because of the lack of the vaccine mandate. The entire way that Kyrie operated for the last couple of seasons, not just what happened with the vaccine, was part of what Sean Marks, and really by proxy Joe Tsai, was talking about at the end of the season.
I would like to say this can be put to bed, but that's not what my sources are saying. They don't know if this is going to work." Also, Windhorst reported the Nets were unhappy with Irving due to several issues. "It wasn't just about the vaccine mandate," Windhorst added.
"It was about Kyrie Irving treated his teammates. About the way Kyrie Irving treated his coaches. So part of this renegotiation wasn't just going to be about a contract extension. It was going to be about a renegotiation of how the team operated."