That’s the latest rumor burning through the NBA world.
Apparently, Irving and the Nets are at an impasse and cannot figure out what’s ahead for the two parties.
Therefore, Irving might be packing up his bags and heading elsewhere, with the Lakers and Knicks as potential suitors for the point guard.
Celtics have Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and made the NBA Finals.
Nets have seven playoff wins in three years of KD/Kyrie and now it all might be breaking up.
I guess Boston did win the trade after all!
(We already knew Boston won that trade about five years ago, yet…)
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 20, 2022
NBA insider Keith Smith thinks that if this happens, the Boston Celtics will have the last laugh.
His above tweet seems to reference the blockbuster trade the Nets and Celtics made years ago that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, with a handful of top picks heading to Boston.
As for the Nets, they have racked up just seven playoff wins in three years with both Irving and Kevin Durant in tow.
As Smith puts it, “I guess Boston did win the trade after all!”
Is he right?
Still A Player
Sometimes it’s hard to remember because of all of the controversies that follow him but Irving is still a very talented, capable, consequential player in the league.
At 30 years old, he’s still putting up 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
Yes, he brings a lot of bad headlines and headaches but he also brings a lot of skill too.
But Smith is right: the Celtics are in much better shape than the Nets even after Brooklyn landed Irving.
Yet, that doesn’t mean that Irving can’t still help the next team he joins.
When you watch him play, you can absolutely see another ring in the future for Irving.
He just needs to stay consistent – and focused – with the right squad.