Despite his decision to pick up his player option for next season, Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets remains uncertain.
Like Kevin Durant, the superstar guard believes the Nets can’t win titles under head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
On the other hand, Brooklyn has lost its trust and faith in Irving and the franchise doesn’t view him as the one that will lead the team to the championship.
“He’s gotta play, he’s gotta be a part of that team every day. And he’s got to play at the level that everybody in the league knows he’s capable of. But he hasn’t shown it in the last couple of years.
So, is it possible to regain that trust? Absolutely. Kyrie is an incredibly talented player. One of the best guards we’ve seen in this era. Having said that, the team and organization, they don’t trust him, and that trust has eroded over time,” Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
"He's got to play at the level that everybody in the league knows he's capable of… Is it possible to regain that trust? Absolutely… The team & organization, they don't trust him & that trust has eroded over time."
– Nick Friedell on Kyrie Irving, Netspic.twitter.com/sAtpEMkxoa
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 19, 2022
The Nets have no intention to go into a rebuild mode and want to remain a contender next season. Therefore, they want a top player in return, not draft picks.
At the moment, only the Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest to trade for Kyrie Irving and are willing to offer two first-round picks (2027, 2029) and Russell Westbrook.
Kyrie Irving averaged 27.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.4 rebounds this past season, but missed a significant part of the season due to his unvaccinated status.