The Brooklyn Nets‘ uber-skilled but enigmatic guard, Kyrie Irving, has reportedly asked the Brooklyn Nets to trade him before the NBA trade deadline, which will be on Feb. 9.
The risks that come attached to him may cause some teams to steer clear of him, but according to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks should definitely be interested in him.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as potential suitors for Brooklyn Nets All-Star starter Kyrie Irving, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2023
Fans and observers can question Irving’s commitment and off-the-court interests and viewpoints, but no one can question his skill and ability.
He is averaging 27.1 points and 5.3 assists per game this season, and since the beginning of December he’s been putting up 28.6 points on 49.1 percent overall shooting and 40.1 percent from 3-point range, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists a contest.
Irving is quite possibly the best ball-handler of all time because of his ability to split traps and double teams, and he is an outstanding scorer, not to mention arguably the most dangerous player in crunch time.
If the Lakers were to acquire him and reunite him with LeBron James, it could make them the favorites to reach the NBA Finals and possibly win the world championship.
They already possess a dominant Anthony Davis, who is healthy now, and their recent trade for forward Rui Hachimura has fortified what was a thin frontcourt.
The Suns badly need help, as they’re in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 27-26 record just one year after running away with the league’s best record.
Dallas is also in dire need of help, as the incredible Luka Doncic has been forced to do too much of its heavy lifting.
This could be a wild race to next week’s trade deadline for a number of teams across the NBA.NEXT: NBA World Reacts To The Kyrie Irving Demand