The Nets’ decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he’s eligible to play will have ripple effects in Brooklyn and across the NBA.
Here’s a look at a few of them:
WILL NETS LOOK TO TRADE IRVING?
Nets GM Sean Marks said on Tuesday that he hopes to have Irving back at some point. As you’d expect, he wasn’t interested in talking about the possibility of trading Irving.
“I don’t know that I want to address the hypotheticals of what may happen in the future here. I think this is pretty raw, pretty fresh. I think we’ve got to let the dust settle,” Marks said.
The GM made it clear that Irving would be welcomed back if he chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But how long can he wait? If Irving informs the Nets that he doesn’t plan to get the vaccine, it may force the Nets to try to move him.
One opposing team said Irving’s value on the trade market was low because of his contract status (free agent after this season) and lack of assurances that Irving would be on the court.
The team cited Irving’s sabbatical last season and noted that local vaccine mandates can change in their city.
“Unless you have assurances (about the local mandate), I don’t see how you can take the risk,” the team official said.
You can make an argument that the Nets have enough talent to win the title without Irving. But his absence clearly hurts Brooklyn.
“Without a doubt, losing a player of Kyrie’s caliber hurts from a talent perspective, no question. I’m not going to deny that,” Marks said. “At the end of the day, our focus, our coach’s focus, the organization’s focus needs to be on the players that are going to be involved here and going to be participating fully.”
You can be sure that the Nets’ decision on Irving was received warmly in places like Milwaukee and Los Angeles. With Irving out, the Bucks’ and Lakers’ chances to win a title have increased.
Source : yahoo