Kyrie Irving may have played his last game with the Brooklyn Nets in recent days. After the trade request came on Friday, the player did not take the court last night against Washington. Officially because of a calf injury, in reality the reason was there for all to see. And indeed, as reported by Chris Haynes, the Nets will leave Irving out for all upcoming games until the Feb. 9 trade deadline, next Thursday.
Irving could obviously be traded even before Thursday, the Nets would in fact be actively looking for a trade for their star. In contention are the Lakers, Mavericks, Suns, and in recent hours even the Clippers, as written by ESPN. Some teams would have misgivings about going all-in for a player who in recent years has presented serious behavioral problems and certainly very little reliability. Kyrie’s preferred destination, however, would be the Lakers, where he would find LeBron James, who in recent hours had hinted on social media that he would very much like the trade.
Should Kyrie Irving not be traded by Thursday, he will remain with the Nets until the summer when he becomes a free agent. At that time it is unclear whether Brooklyn will reinstate him to the team or leave him off the roster for the next few months as well.