NBA rumors: 4 teams expected to show interest to land Kyrie Irving after trade request

Kyrie Irving shocked the NBA on Friday, after requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the February 9 trade deadline.

The superstar guard wants to move from the franchise either now, via a trade, or in the summer as a free agent, after the two sides didn’t reach an agreement on a new deal.

Based on some NBA insiders, four powerhouses in the East and West are expected to show interest to land Kyrie Irving. These teams are the LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns.

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It is unclear if Kyrie Irving, who is eligible for a four-year contract worth as much as $200M, has any preferred trade destinations. The superstar guard is averaging 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season.

The Brooklyn Nets (31-20, fourth in West), who are coming off a 43-point loss vs the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, open a five-game homestand on Saturday vs the Washington Wizards.

They play six of their last seven games before the All-Star break at home, with their only game away from Barclays Center being the one vs the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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