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Report: Kyrie Irving requests trade from Nets

Irving wants a move at the deadline.

Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden on February 01, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the franchise, according to Shams Charania. Irving would like to be moved at the February 9 trade deadline or he will leave in free agency. The guard pulled the same threat last season during the summer after Kevin Durant’s trade request, but ultimately did not sacrifice nearly $30 million and came back to the team on his player option.

The most obvious destination for Irving would be to join LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving has a history with James and was reportedly trying to get to LA last summer. The Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves are other potential landing spots for Irving, although the last team might not have any draft picks to give up.

Update — The Lakers and Mavericks are indeed the top teams interested in acquiring Irving, per reports.

Even with Durant on the sidelines right now recovering from a sprained MCL, the Nets are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture largely due to Irving’s efforts. The point guard has averaged 33.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game in his last eight contests.

If the Nets don’t trade Irving, he can command a big deal in free agency. Brooklyn could offer him the most money and the extra year on his contract but teams will be wary of Irving’s mood swings when giving him a deal.