By Peter Marks
After Kevin Durant requested a trade last summer, he changed his mind.
Now Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets point guard, has told the team he wants to be dealt ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, and that if he’s not, he plans on leaving Brooklyn in free agency this summer, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Irving was briefly available in the summer, as he and his camp explored sign-and-trade options before deciding to opt in to the final year of his contract and play out the season with the Nets — a season that has been filled with controversy, chaos, and, most recently, a disappointing record with Durant sidelined by an injury.
Maybe the Lakers and maybe the Cavs would take a chance on Irving, a great with an ego as big as his talent.
The Nets will be the third team he has demanded a trade from, along with the Cavs and Celtics.
You would think LA and Dallas would be warned away.
But whichever team take him, one thing is for sure:
The Nets will be diminished and that’s good for the Sixers in the East!
Breaking: Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The franchise has been informed that Irving prefers to move on ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline – or will leave in free agency in July.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2023