With Kyrie Irving Possibly Skipping the Season, Nets Now Considering a Trade

Genius Turner

With Irving in the lineup, the Nets are the best in the league. But without him, they're just another "decent" team.(Erik Cleves Kristensen/Flickr)

With Irving showing no signs of getting vaccinated, Nets front office now pondering a trade

Brooklyn, NY — "No one is bigger than the team," legendary coach Greg Popovich loves to say.

Indeed, there's no "I" in the word team, even if you're among the NBA's best players and there's an "I" in your name. Kyrie Irving's days as a Brooklyn Net may be numbered. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski:

Brooklyn, I'm told, has taken incoming calls from teams on Kyrie Irving. They have not themselves made any calls on Kyrie Irving.

If you're a Brooklyn Nets fan, this has to be like watching A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Going into the season, the Nets were projected to win the NBA championship. And for a Nets franchise that's never won a championship — not to mention NYC hasn't tasted a championship parade in 50 years — clearly, the more games Irving misses, the fewer games the Nets win.

As most Nets fans know, because last season Irving became just "the fifth player in NBA history to average at least 25.0 points per game with 50/40/90 shooting splits" — getting fair trade value will be virtually impossible.

But another legendary New York City guard, Mark Jackson, begs to differ:

If the Nets refuse to trade the star guard, Irving most likely misses the season; but if they do trade him, they'll get the short end of the stick. Brooklyn's "Catch-22" isn't to be confused with the trendy happy hour bar in Bay Ridge.

In short, Nets fans and even casual fans in New York City — merely rooting for the city to host a championship parade after a half-century drought — can only wish Irving echoed his star teammate Kevin Durant's sentiment: "I just want to play basketball and win."

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