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Report: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets Set To 'Move Quickly' Towards Deal Tomorrow

Kyrie Irving wearing all black standing on the sideline during a game.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 15: Kyrie Irving looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets has been one of the heavily reported potential pairings for the start of free agency. It could also signal a major shift in the power of the league.

Brooklyn is set to add Irving, in hopes that it could help them land a second star with him. The most heavily-rumored pairing has been Irving and Kevin Durant.

The two have been considering a potential duo for months, with the Nets' nearby rival New York Knicks as another major option. Durant's NBA Finals injury, which will almost definitely cost him the entire 2019-20 season, obviously changes the entire situation drastically.

Durant is expect to consider the Knicks, Nets, his current team, the Golden State Warriors, and potentially a team like the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets are expected to quickly come to an agreement on a 4-year, $141 million deal.

The deal is identical to the one that Kyrie's reported replacement in Boston, Kemba Walker, is getting from the Celtics.

The move isn't without fallout though. D'Angelo Russell, the former No. 2 pick and Los Angeles Lakers cast-off who emerged as an All-Star and led the Nets to the playoff this season, is likely heading elsewhere. With Irving coming in to take over the point guard position, the Nets will reportedly renounce Russell, and likely let him head elsewhere. That will open up a second max slot, for Durant or another target. Russell will have a ton of interest, including from the quickly restocking Lakers, who badly need elite guard play next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves, which currently employ Russell's good friend Karl-Anthony Towns.

Irving to the Nets appears to be close to a done deal, but Durant is still very up in the air. Marc Stein of The New York Times says that Durant doesn't want to be lobbied, so there is no guarantee that this gambit will work.

And a gambit, this definitely is. Irving is definitely a talent upgrade from Russell. Few guards have his offensive skill or creativity. Still, he reportedly had a very negative impact on the Celtics' team chemistry, while Russell was a popular Net and exhibited serious growth during his time in Brooklyn.