Report: Teams hoping Irving opts out, Durant hits trade market

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It seems that rival NBA teams are wishing for a Kyrie Irving opt-out to set the stage for Kevin Durant to hit the trade block.

Along with Thursday’s NBA Draft, the biggest story in the league right now is whether mercurial superstar Kyrie Irving will opt into the final year of his contract with the Nets as the relationship between the guard and the organization is strained more than ever.

During his three seasons with the Nets, Irving has only strengthened his reputation as a player that can’t be relied on after missing most of his tenure due to injuries, personal leaves and refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination despite mandates in New York.

After the team was bounced in the first round of the playoffs, Irving admitted his limited play in 2021-22 hurt the team and the organization’s front office took a much less accepting stance when it comes to his various reasons for missing games. While the expectation from many in the league is that Irving has limited options and will stay in Brooklyn and sign a new long-term deal, there are those holding out hope he spurns the team ahead of a June 29 decision deadline.



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