When it was announced that Kyrie Irving had demanded a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, everyone knew that multiple teams would work hard to land him.
Even with his controversies and prickly personality, Irving is one of the best point guards in the league and is capable of doing incredible things for a team.
Brooklyn was definitely going to have a selection of enticing offers to choose from.
Brooklyn had FOUR offers on the table before choosing Dallas’ package for Kyrie irving:
▪️LAKERS – R. Westbrook, 2 1RP
▪️SUNS – C. Paul, J. Crowder, Unspecified Picks
▪️MAVS – Dinwiddie, Finney-Smith, 1 RP, 2 2RP
▪️CLIPPERS – L. Kennard, T. Mann, 1 RP, 2 1RP swaps
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In the end, they went with the Dallas Mavericks, but inside reporting has shown just what the team was offered by opposing franchises.
For example, the Los Angeles Lakers offered Russell Westbrook and both of their coveted first-round draft picks for Irving.
The Phoenix Suns were hot in the hunt too, putting up Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, and unspecified draft picks.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers were willing to part with Luke Kennard, Terance Mann, and multiple draft swaps.
And of course, the Mavericks offered Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and a first and second-round draft pick.
That would be the deal that Brooklyn signed and it’s led many to wonder why the Nets didn’t agree to terms from the Lakers or Suns.
The Suns’ package could have really strengthened the Nets and given them a better chance at a strong postseason this year.
The concept of Paul playing alongside Kevin Durant would have gotten fans very excited.
And the Lakers could have made the team very rich in upcoming drafts.
We know now that the Nets were never willing to send Irving to the Lakers, simply because that was the team he wanted to play for, and Brooklyn’s front office didn’t want to give in to his demands.
Dallas’ assets and their draft picks were enough to appease the Nets and help them move on from the Irving era.
Now all eyes are on both teams as they start their next chapters.NEXT: Kevin Durant Is The Last Man Standing In Brooklyn