It is no secret that the Brooklyn Nets are interested in signing Kyrie Irving. But one way they hoped to attract him may be more surprising.

Memphis radio host Chris Vernon shared an interesting angle on his latest podcast appearance (via The Ringer):

“I’ve talked to a lot of people about this. Brooklyn is all over the Kyrie thing. All over it. They want Kyrie badly. And I think that has been a plan for some time. And I think you saw with that trade when they moved the multiple draft picks and they’re clearing out space. The reason that everybody is reporting that is because that is true. I know at one point, they had even reached out — on a small level — interested in Mike Miller’s[services]. He’s an assistant coach at the University of Memphis for Penny Hardaway. He is also extremelely close friends with Kyrie Irving … They are close, close, close.”