It seems like there is always some drama surrounding NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. This time, it is about his vaccination status and this will impact his playing status this season. If the Nets do not want to commit to Irving long-term, could it turn into a potential trade?
The vaccination rules in New York prohibit Irving to play if he does not get it. The Nets made the right decision by shutting him down altogether. It would not be feasible for the point guard to appear in just road contests, especially come postseason time.
It has come out that the Nets will not offer Irving a contract extension. This comes after Brooklyn signed Kevin Durant and will likely offer James Harden as well. If Irving is not a long-term piece, it would benefit the Nets to make a trade involving their all-star point guard.
If Irving is on the trading block, it would make sense for the Washington Wizards to be involved. They are another team that has a decision to make involving an All-Star. Bradley Beal has not requested a trade out of D.C. and it is unlikely that he will. Beal has spent his entire career in Washington but it might come to an end soon.
The Wizards were able to sneak into the postseason last year behind the duo of Beal and Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook now in Los Angeles, it would make sense for the Wizards to attempt to add another star if they do not plan to trade Beal.
When looking at the Wizards, they have been linked to some big names over the course of the offseason. As the regular season begins, there will continue to be rumors thrown around. Here is one that could happen between the Wizards and Nets this year.
Washington Wizards Receive: G Kyrie Irving, C Day’Ron Sharpe
Brooklyn Nets Receive: F Deni Avdija, F Kyle Kuzma, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 2025 First Round Pick
Kyrie Irving would be the centerpiece of this trade. He would have a chance to play in a different city where he could get on the floor. Irving is currently in the third year of a four-year deal he signed with Brooklyn.
If a team makes a trade for Irving, they will have to sign him to an extension. This could be the Washington Wizards. They would also get Day’Ron Sharpe back in the deal.
The intrigue of this deal is combining Beal and Irving in the backcourt. This would put Washington back to being postseason contenders.