Brooklyn Nets trade Kyrie Irving to the West Coast in exchange for a starting guard
If there’s one thing we learned from the Golden State Warriors’ thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, it’s that the Nets aren’t among the NBA’s elite teams. Despite sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference with an 11-5 record, it’s clear that they need more talent on the roster to be serious title contenders.
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Brooklyn Nets to send Kyrie Irving to the Spurs as part of a trade proposal
The Nets are in desperate need of a shakeup.
With no timetable for Kyrie Irving’s return in sight, Andy Bailey of “Bleacher Report” believes the Nets should cut their losses and trade him to the San Antonio Spurs to bring in some immediate help.
“For starters, San Antonio is nothing like Brooklyn.
“However, despite being unvaccinated in Texas, Irving might be able to play,” Bailey writes.
“Irving would give San Antonio something it currently lacks: a star.
Multiple teams have struggled to build around Kyrie, but the Spurs’ organizational infrastructure and abundance of smart, unselfish complementary players might give them a better chance than some of his previous employers.”
For the Nets, this is far from a fair trade.
Spurs big man Thaddeus Young, shooting guard Derrick White, and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick would be traded in exchange.
However, with no return date set and an expiring contract, getting anything in return for Irving is a win for the Nets right now.
“This is clearly a significant talent downgrade for Brooklyn,” Bailey continued, “but Derrick White and Thaddeus Young are both positive contributors who would have no trouble passing the ball to stars like Kevin Durant and James Harden.”
“That alone provides far more to the Nets than Irving can right now.”
“Right now is pretty important for a team with two stars in their 30s.”
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