The Brooklyn Nets are having a great 2021-22 NBA season thus far as they sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-6. However, it is fair to question if their success is something that can be sustained throughout the regular season.
Brooklyn is relying heavily on Kevin Durant and James Harden to carry the load for the team as Kyrie Irving remains away from the team. Irving is healthy enough to play, but because of the mandates in New York City, he is ineligible to play in games at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. As long as he remains unvaccinated and the mandate isn’t adjusted, he will remain ineligible.
The Nets have navigated things well thus far without him, but it is going to get tougher without Joe Harris in the lineup. Harris underwent surgery on his ankle earlier this week and will be sidelined for four to eight weeks.
He is an integral part of the Brooklyn Nets; game plan, which has become very perimeter orientated offensively. Brooklyn was already struggling to beat the upper echelon teams in the league.
With depth on the wing now possibly becoming an issue, could the Nets ramp up their trade talks involving Irving to replenish the roster?
Finding a trade partner for him is not easy. There are a lot of hurdles to jump through given his vaccination status, personality and the possibility of him just retiring should he be traded.
No team is going to take a chance on the mercurial Irving without all of that being figured out.
Which teams could take a chance on him? Here are three teams who should aggressively pursue a deal for Kyrie Irving.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have had a solid start to the 2021-22 season. They are 11-9, holding down the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. But, when doing a little digging, it is fair to wonder if that success is a mirage.
Dallas has a negative point differential on the season and is below average in both offensive and defensive ratings. That is not normally a recipe for success, as the team has had a few lucky breaks to get to where they are.