Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets might not be the foregone conclusion that everyone thinks it is, according to a new report by the New York Post.
The Boston Celtics are reportedly prepared to lose Irving, as the franchise hasn’t heard from him in weeks, with several insiders within the NBA believing the All-Star guard is set on signing a free agent deal in Brooklyn.
That could still be the case, although tonight’s report by Brian Lewis has revealed that the Nets have some concerns about Irving.
Brooklyn reportedly might not be 100 percent committed to Irving unless he’s bringing Kevin Durant with him.
The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.
Other NBA teams are reportedly hesitant of Irving based on how this past season went in Boston, too.
Other teams had already backed off of pursuing Irving with similar concerns over the way things went awry in Boston. If the Nets do the same, it would mean keeping Russell, who is a younger and cheaper option as a restricted free agent.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had reported earlier in the day that Irving’s relationship with Boston’s young players was terrible.
“[Kyrie Irving]’s relationship with young players on [Boston] was awful. I think Jaylen Brown was probably the worst. Don’t think it was great with Jayson Tatum. Terry Rozier, it was awful…relationship with Brad Stevens wasn’t solid…” he said.
.@SIChrisMannix: "[Kyrie Irving]'s relationship with young players on [#Celtics] was awful. I think Jaylen Brown was probably the worst. Don't think it was great with Jayson Tatum. Terry Rozier, it was awful…relationship with Brad Stevens wasn't solid…"https://t.co/R19fFm8INp
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 19, 2019
Brooklyn is coming off a promising season that resulted in a playoff berth, with several young players – D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen – taking major steps forward.
NBA free agency is set to begin on Sunday night, June 30.