Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets Friday afternoon per a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The request comes after contract extension talks between the two sides fizzled.
Breaking: Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The franchise has been informed that Irving prefers to move on ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline – or will leave in free agency in July.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2023
Irving informed the team he would prefer to be traded before the February 9th trade deadline.
However, he has not provided a list of preferred teams to be traded to.
Irving’s request continues the media circus that has surrounded the Nets since this past offseason when Kevin Durant requested a trade.
Here are two teams who could look to acquire Irving.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are the most straightforward team to draw a connection.
Irving has been linked to them in trade rumors and LeBron James and Irving have a history together.
Kyrie is in the final year of his contract, paying him $36.9 million.
The most apparent player for the Lakers to send out is Russell Westbrook, currently making $47 million in the final year of his deal.
Legion Hoops on Twitter gave the rough outline of a potential deal with a hat tip to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Who says no?
Lonnie Walker IV
(h/t @BobbyMarks42) pic.twitter.com/n8iFZks6af
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 3, 2023
The Lakers get to pair Irving with James and Anthony Davis in their quest for a title this year.
The Nets get the Lakers’ 2027 or 2029 first-round pick, which should be a high lottery pick assuming James is retired by then.
Brooklyn is the loser in this deal but also has little leverage with Irving requesting a trade.
The Dallas Mavericks are another team to keep an eye on.
Dallas has had an interest in Irving previously but was hesitant to surrender assets to acquire him.
Reporting with @espn_macmahon: The Mavericks have had previous interest on Kyrie Irving and are expected to explore idea with Nets ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Like most teams, the Mavericks have had had a reluctance to make significant offers of assets for Irving.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2023
However, the Mavericks have taken a step back this season.
Losing Jalen Brunson in free agency has been a significant detriment to the team.
They are 28-25 this season after finishing 52-30 last season.
Doncic is carrying a staggering 38.6% Usage Rate, a percentage that would rank fifth all-time for a single season.
Dallas could use another offensive focal point to remove some of the load from Doncic’s shoulders.
The Mavericks have multiple mid-level contracts to send out to match salary.
But assuming Durant sticks around, two or three quality role players could be more interesting for a Nets team looking to make some noise in the playoffs.
The upcoming trade deadline just got a whole lot more interesting.NEXT: The Nets Have Seen A Contender Collapse In Record Time