Shocking new twist in Kyrie’s business saga; Knicks begin talks on blockbuster deal: Rumor Mill
The landscape of NBA trade and free agency has been turned upside down as a shocking new twist has emerged in Kyrie Irving’s trade saga.
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KYRIE IS TRYING TO STAY IN BROOKLYN
According to Kristian Winfield of New York Daily News.
“Kyrie Irving’s camp pushes back against the idea that he wants to be traded from the Nets and even shows Irving’s willingness to stay in Brooklyn if Kevin Durant secures the trade he requested,” he said. .
“Irving never wanted to leave the Nets.
“He simply sought the best contract possible, which the Daily News reported for the first time that the Nets were unwilling to grant him: the full contract extension of up to five years worth nearly $250. millions of dollars.
The Nets, however, are the ones looking to part ways with the star guard since general manager Sean Marks publicly fired on Irving — twice in the same week after Irving was decreed he wanted to stay in Brooklyn long. term – saying the team wanted players who would be there full time and committed to the team.
And so the plot thickens.
KNICKS IN TALKS WITH JAZZ ABOUT DONOVAN CASE
According to Shams Charania and Tony Jones of Athleticism.
“The Jazz have conversations with multiple teams about a deal with Mitchell, but the Knicks have become the go-to destination in recent days,” they said.
“Both sides have been discussing a framework agreement for the past 24 hours.
“The Knicks have eight future first-round picks — four of their own and four acquired through trades from other teams — to use in a package.
“New York has also stockpiled young players, like Quentin Grimes, who would be of interest to Utah.”
However, the Knicks reportedly have no intention of including RJ Barrett in ‘no deal’ and have ‘no interest’ in moving him amid recent rumors linking the franchise with a potential blockbuster trade for the star. of Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell, according to SNY TVis Ian Begley.
Begley also reported that while the Madison Square Garden-resident New York team is currently enjoying Utah’s full attention in Donoval Mitchell trade talks, the Knicks’ interstate rival is also interested in acquiring Mitchell. Jazz.
“The Brooklyn Nets have an interest in acquiring Mitchell,” he said.
“However, the franchise should move Ben Simmons to act as teams are not permitted to acquire two players who have signed rookie max extensions.
“It’s unclear if the franchise would be willing to part ways with Simmons for that to happen.”
The Miami Heat are still in pursuit of Kevin Durant, but Donovan Mitchell is considered a fallback option if the Heat can’t land him, according to The ringis Kevin O’Connor.
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KD REUNION WITH WARRIORS A LEGITIMATE TALK
Don’t rule out the possibility that Kevin Durant will be back in a Golden State Warriors uniform next season, according to a report by ESPNis Brian Windhorst.
“There are legitimate sources in the league telling me it’s a discussion,” Windhorst said.
“First of all, the Warriors still believe in open throttle.
“The Warriors have shown they don’t care what they spend. … It’s been a discussion within the Warriors organization.
“(Steph) Curry was asked about it, and Curry gave a no answer. But he didn’t close it. He didn’t say ‘hell no’.
This report follows earlier comments by Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob in which he refused to close the door on the possibility of buying Durant.
“You know what that response will be,” Lacob said.
“We will always look for every opportunity to improve. The question you have to ask yourself is: better in the short term, better in the medium term or better in the long term?
“There are options to build the team, if we were to pivot one way or another, in a partial way, could give us an even higher advantage in the short term, but could diminish in the long term.
“So those are the things that (GM) Bob (Myers) and the group all need to look at and figure out what the right path is.”
According to a report by Steve Bulpett of Heavy.coma rival executive believes the Warriors are definitely interested in exploring the possibility of a successful trade for Kevin Durant.
“Oh, I think they’d take KD in a heartbeat. They want to make sure they win more championships with the veterans they have. They want to extract more from that core,” he said.
“You never know what can happen in the end, so when you have a chance to win you have to do everything you can to get it. Look at all the injuries they’ve had to overcome in the last two years to win this time.
NBA COMMISSIONER’S COMMENTS SOUND NEGATIVE WARNING FOR PLAYERS’ MOVEMENT
NBA commissioner Adam Silver had previously opined before the Kevin Durant situation that stars making trade demands amid long-term contracts were bad for the sport, and the developing situation in Brooklyn certainly didn’t. helped change your mind.
“My perspective hasn’t changed,” Silver said.
“Listen, this must be a two-way street.
“Teams provide enormous security and guarantees to players, and in return they are expected to fulfill their end of the bargain.
“I am realistic that there will always be conversations behind closed doors between players and team representatives; but we don’t like to see players asking for trades and we don’t like to see things go the way they are.
In an even more ominous warning for the future of player movement, the NBA commissioner signaled that the league intends to address this issue as soon as possible.
“It’s not just potentially the league or the team governors that are affected, but a lot of other players as well. As we enter this round of collective bargaining, this is one of those issues that we intend to discuss with our players’ association,” Silver said.
“It will never be the case when the players are not unhappy in certain situations; but we don’t want to see him play like he is now.
JAZZ LOOKS TO MOVE VETERAN GUARDS LIKE HEAT CIRCLE AND LAKERS
The Utah Jazz continue to be the league’s most active team this NBA offseason as they explore trade options for all players on their roster.
According to Jake Fischer of Launderer’s report.
“Like the (Houston) Rockets before them, the Jazz remain engaged in various trade conversations to retool around (Donovan) Mitchell,” Fischer said.
“Utah has been exploring a sign-and-trade scenario that would send veteran point guard Mike Conley to Cleveland in exchange for restricted free agent Collin Sexton.
“The Cavaliers don’t appear to need an additional point guard, and it seems unlikely that Conley would be the returning player Cleveland would prioritize if the talks ever gained legitimate traction.”
Fischer also says Conley isn’t the only veteran guard the Utah Jazz are interested in exploring trade options with recently acquired guard Patrick Beverley reportedly attracting interest from several playoff contenders.
“Patrick Beverley also appears to be a strong business candidate,” he said.
“The former Timberwolves (Minnesota) point guard has attracted interest from the Lakers and the Heat.
“Philadelphia had been mentioned as a potential suitor for Beverley, with his past experience in Houston and the Sixers’ obvious deep ties to the Rockets, but it seems unlikely that Beverley is now bound for Philadelphia after the team acquired De ‘Anthony Melton on Draft Night.’
KCP STAY IN DENVER
Recently acquired guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a two-year, $30 million extension with the Denver Nuggets, according to a report by ESPNis Adrian Wojnarowski.
“The deal, which starts with the 2023-24 season, includes a player option,” he said.
Caldwell-Pope, 29, arrived at the Nuggets on a trade from the Washington Wizards two weeks ago and is expected to be a key 3-and-D player to complement MVP Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.”