With the NBA season over, the main stories shift over to all the drama that could unfold in free agency. Stars such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving all have the chance to hit the open market.
Irving might be the most complex player in free agency, following a disappointing tenure with the Boston Celtics. The All-Star guard is expected to leave the 17-time champions in the coming weeks.
Some fans want to see Irving reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles, but it appears Brooklyn is the frontrunner for him.
The Nets could make Irving the face of their franchise, while also adding an elite scorer to potentially lead them to playoff success.
In the event that Irving signs with Brooklyn, it would cast doubt around D'Angelo Russell and his future with the team. The former Ohio State star is coming off the best season of his career.
According to NBA reporter Ian Begley, if the Nets land Irving in free agency, they're unlikely to retain Russell.
If Irving signs with the Nets, SNY sources familiar with the matter say it is highly unlikely that Russell remains with the Nets. Members of the Nets organization have communicated that idea in recent days, per sources.
Russell, a restricted free agent, will likely draw significant interest on the open market. The 23-year-old is coming off of an All-Star season in which he helped lead Brooklyn to the playoffs. Members of the Pacers organization are high on Russell, SNY sources confirm.
Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game this past season. He'll most likely demand a lucrative deal when free agency opens in July.
Brooklyn could try to pair Irving with Russell in the backcourt, but it's not looking too promising at the moment.