By all accounts, Kyrie Irving will be in Brooklyn by the time this summer is all said and done. But are the Nets sure they want to sign him and give up D’Angelo Russell in the process?
According to a report in the New York Post, they might be having second thoughts…
The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now.
The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him. Other teams had already backed off of pursuing Irving with similar concerns over the way things went awry in Boston. If the Nets do the same, it would mean keeping Russell, who is a younger and cheaper option as a restricted free agent.
Russell is eligible for a four-year, $117 million contract, and would reportedly love to come back to Brooklyn. Kyrie makes things complicated.
If he comes without Durant, is he the type of player they want leading their team? D’Angelo is a younger and better overall teammate than Irving — and has been a sort of “home-grown” star for Brooklyn.
The Nets have room for up to two max players this summer, but what they do with those slots will depend on their willingness to give up Russell. They will discover just how much they want to keep the 23-year-old All-Star.