The drama we noticed initially of free company in Brooklyn appears to have subsided a bit and been pushed to the backburner in the interim. Simply over every week in the past, it appeared that Kyrie Irving and BFF Kevin Durant have been destined to be shipped out of city as quickly as attainable. Whereas Durant has multiple suitors, Irving can not say the identical.
Main the pack when it comes to landing Kyrie is the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving buying a mansion in LA final week solely added to the hypothesis. A commerce to the Lakers would reunite Irving and LeBron James, plus rid the Lakers of Russell Westbrook, most certainly.
Reviews surfaced this week that the Lakers haven’t been “aggressive” in pursuing Irving through commerce. It doesn’t appear like everybody within the Lakers group is onboard with bringing Kyrie to SoCal. James might be the largest advocate and may very well be the one one that wishes to commerce for Irving.
Earlier than Kyrie opted into the final 12 months of his cope with Brooklyn, it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Irving had an inventory of most popular groups he’d prefer to be thought of as commerce companions. That list included the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Mavericks, Warmth, and 76ers. Since then, it’s come out that the Sixers and Mavs have no real interest in buying and selling for the All-Star guard.
The place the opposite groups are involved, I’ll consider Miami is actually after that commerce is finalized. Pat Riley could be able to battle Kyrie over his strategy to being knowledgeable. I simply don’t see how that works out for even a month. The Knicks are the Knicks and lately cashed out Jalen Brunson, so that they’re out.
The Lakers’ state of affairs is printed above, and the Clippers picked up John Wall in free company. That doesn’t imply they couldn’t commerce for Irving, however they don’t have a ton of draft picks. Ought to Irving to the Clippers occur, it nonetheless wouldn’t clear up their most important concern, which is on-court management. Kyrie desires to steer, however others aren’t too eager on following apart from his buddy Durant.
Irving rapidly found that he’s not as sizzling of a commodity as he thought. Groups aren’t precisely falling over themselves, leaping in line, making presents. All his quirks and unpredictability have come again to kick him within the ass. Possibly that is good for Kyrie. He’s an amazing participant that no workforce desires to spend money on long-term. And definitely not the workforce he at the moment performs for alongside KD for now.
The very fact of the matter is Irving dug the outlet he’s standing in. He spent the final two years digging it and now lastly realizes (hopefully) how deep it runs. Disappearing after the Jan 6, 2021, incident within the nation’s capital, deciding to not get vaccinated after apparently making the workforce assume he would, his loopy quotes, just like the dismissal of the Sixers needing a coach when Steve Nash was employed.
There’s all the time one thing with Irving that takes the main focus away from what he does on the courtroom. An NBA workforce must be silly to go all-in with Kyrie after what he’s proven the world about his persona.
We might see Irving wait fairly some time earlier than he’s traded. Neither the workforce nor the remainder of the NBA appear to be in a rush. And with all this coming again to hang-out Irving, he doesn’t have the self-awareness to acknowledge what’s occurring and alter. And even when Kyrie sees what’s taking place (which he ought to), he’ll seemingly proceed with enterprise as ordinary.
I don’t see Kyrie committing to that stage of self-reflection beneath the circumstances. It sucks to say, however he in all probability hasn’t realized a lot from any of this.