Did something explode? ‘Troublemaker’ Kyrie Irving (30, 188cm) has officially requested a trade.
Local media such as ‘ESPN’ and ‘The Athletic’ announced on the 4th (Korean time) that “Irving has officially requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.”
This is really bomb news. Irving decided to stay in Brooklyn for another year using his player option ahead of this season. Irving, who has an annual salary of $36 million this season, is one of the biggest free agents in the summer transfer market.
The reason Irving suddenly asked for a trade was because his contract extension failed. Irving, who is about to qualify for free agency, recently started negotiating an extension contract with Brooklyn. When Irving signed an extension with Brooklyn, he could sign a four-year contract worth up to $200 million. However, the process of contract extension between Brooklyn and Irving was not smooth.
According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, “Brooklyn and Irving were negotiating a contract extension, but the negotiations were slow and eventually broke down. And Irving requested a trade today.” 먹튀검증
In Brooklyn, it’s lightning fast. Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists this season. Kevin Durant, who played as the first option for the past two seasons, took on the role of an ace while leaving due to injury. Brooklyn’s plan to challenge for the championship centered on Durant, Ben Simmons, and Irving, who will return from injury, was in danger of failing.
With Irving asking for a trade, it looks like the transfer market will be noisy. Right now, there’s a chance that De Irving will find a new team before the trade deadline on February 10th. If trade negotiations take more time, he may transfer after this season. Although he is like a time bomb who does not know when he will commit eccentricities, many teams are showing interest in him because his ability on the court is so outstanding.
Currently, the teams that Irving is most closely linked to are the Lakers, Dallas and Phoenix. Among them, the Lakers have shown interest in Irving since last season. In addition, Dallas, which is frantic about finding a Luka Doncic partner, is also predicted to be highly likely to participate in trade negotiations. Phoenix, with Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton, also gets stronger when Irving is added.
The key is the size of the extended contract. According to reporter Wojnarowski, Irving is known to want a four-year contract worth up to $198.5 million. Since he is a considerable sum of about $50 million per year, it is not an easy condition for the club to readily offer a contract.
Anyway, with Irving’s trade request, the NBA trade market is fluctuating again. Irving’s transfer is attracting more attention because it can have a significant impact on the NBA league landscape.