The Brooklyn Nets have reached the end of the road after being swept from the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
With a team like that, many people are expecting some big changes for the team in the offseason, including some huge trades.
One of the names being tossed around as a possible trade target is Irving, who had a very challenging season.
But that’s not what Irving wants.
Kyrie reiterates that he is still confident he will be with the Nets long-term. “There’s no question where I’m going. I’m here with seven.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 26, 2022
Speaking to the press after the game, Irving said he isn’t looking to part with the team any time soon.
“There’s no question where I’m going,” Irving said.
He added: “I’m here with seven.”
Are the best days for Irving and the Nets still to come?
Irving is just two years into his four-year, $136.4 million contract with the Nets.
At the end of the 2022-23 season, he will have a player option and can stick around or choose to head for greener pastures.
So he’s set for at least one more year with Brooklyn.
However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be part of a trade package cobbled together by the front office.
If they decide he shouldn’t be a Net anymore, they can make that happen against his wishes.
The team is certainly needing some changes but it remains to be seen what they will be.
In all likelihood, they will probably trade away some smaller assets to get Durant and Irving more help, while also hoping that Simmons is a man of his word and actually plays next season.
There is still reason to believe in this Nets lineup.