Nets Kyrie Irving requests trade; Mavs a suitor?

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Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the Nets, and the Dallas Mavericks, along with the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be at the front of the line.

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The Mavs, who are in desperate need of adding a second star alongside Luka Doncic, had previously indicated that they would be open to trading anyone on their roster not named Doncic for the right deal.

And luckily for the Mavs, head coach Jason Kidd and GM Nico Harrison have pre-existing relationships with Irving?

But, with the Nets seemingly one of the handful of teams expected to compete for a championship later this year, why the sudden decision by Irving to make a move?

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, contract negotiations between the two sides fell apart when the Nets wanted to include stipulations in a deal.

“I’m told they’ve had contract extension negotiations, and from what I’m told, a contract extension was offered to Irving that had some stipulations in it,” Charania said on the Pat McAfee Show. “I'm told that his side was vehemently against any stipulations in an extension. He believes he deserved a fully guaranteed contract, and a player of his contract shouldn’t have stipulations in a deal.”

For the Nets, seeking stipulations in a deal is understandable for a player who sat out the vast majority of last season for refusing to comply with COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and was suspended earlier this season for promoting a video containing anti-Semitic material.

Irving has had drama follow him for much of his career, drama that tends to exceed his superb talent on the court.

Meanwhile, Irving reportedly wanted to remain in Brooklyn, but doesn’t seem to want any stipulations in his deal.

The two sides wouldn’t relent, and now Brooklyn is tasked with either trading Irving, or making one last run with Irving and Durant together before Irving would leave in free agency this summer.

As for the what the Mavs could offer the Nets in return, that much remains unclear, but with assets like Christian Wood, Spencer Dinwiddie, plus future draft pics at their disposal, anything is possible.

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