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Once Kyrie Irving decided to exercise his player option, it looked like he was going to play out his contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to that, there was chatter that he’d decline the option and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on a mid-level exception contract.

With Kevin Durant deciding to request a trade, the door has reopened for Irving to get traded.

In fact, it’s starting to look like a foregone conclusion that he’ll be moved and Los Angeles is ready to pounce. If a third team isn’t added to a possible trade, the Nets will need to send over a player along with Irving to match Russell Westbrook’s contract. Joe Harris seemed like the obvious fit due to his shooting ability but the Lakers are eyeing another guard, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Draft compensation is an ongoing talking point for the Nets and they want shooting guard Joe Harris — who is recovering from left ankle surgery — and his remaining $38.6 million owed over the next two years included in the deal, sources said.

The Lakers have been disinclined to the inclusion of Harris, and are instead seeking the insertion of sharpshooter Seth Curry as part of the arrangement, sources said.

Curry is on an expiring $8.5 million deal.

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Curry Makes Sense as Addition to Trade

While Curry has lived in the shadow of his brother, two-time MVP Steph Curry, he’s a good player himself. Similar to his brother, he’s an elite 3-point shooter. He’s 43.9% of his threes over his career. Adding Irving for Westbrook would give the Lakers a big shooting boost but they’ll still need more.

Curry would provide one of the most reliable shooters in the league today. In the process, the Lakers would get off of the worst shooters in the NBA in Westbrook. Plus, Curry is on an expiring contract, which makes him even more valuable. Harris is also a great shooter but he’s more expensive and on a longer deal.

There’s Optimism That a Trade Will Happen

It’s starting to appear that a trade that sends Irving to Los Angeles will happen. According to Haynes, the two sides are engaged in trade talks and things are looking good so far:

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are actively engaged in discussions on a trade package that would send star point guard Russell Westbrook to Brooklyn in exchange for star point guard Kyrie Irving, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

There’s palpable optimism that an agreement can be struck between the two sides this offseason, but there remain a few hurdles, sources said.

The biggest obstacle facing a trade is that the Lakers are apprehensive to give up future picks. However, Westbrook is an even more toxic asset than Irving so Los Angeles is going to have to make it worth the Nets’ time. A trade is gaining momentum but Haynes is reporting that talks have only been preliminary so far.

Brooklyn Nets maintain discussions have only been preliminary at this point, sources say. https://t.co/nKKTFGiMj2

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 2022

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa may sit out preseason opener at Brady-less Bucs; Adam Shaheen trade called off

Both starting quarterbacks in the Miami Dolphins’ preseason opener at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be kept off the field.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel is leaning toward not playing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium while the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady will be away from his team for more than a week to “deal with some personal things,” as Tampa coach Todd Bowles put it to reporters.

McDaniel appears to feel comfortable with how Tagovailoa has performed in two weeks of intrasquad training camp practices and Wednesday’s joint practice against the Buccaneers entering Thursday’s session.

“Based off of the last couple practices, I’m encouraged about the idea of not playing him, but again, that remains to be seen from what happens [Thursday], McDaniel said. “That has nothing to do with bottom-line results offensively. It’s more how prepared he is at practice. I just want to continue to build on what he’s been building on.”

McDaniel has to weigh the benefits of preseason in-game reps with the potential injury risk.

”There is value in it, but every time you don’t have a red jersey on, you have the ability to get tackled,” he said. “That’s risk. There’s a lot of risk in the game of football, but you also have to weigh that upon what’s the best thing for regular season [Week] 1. It’s a constant battle that you just have to take your time and make the best decision hoping it’s the right decision.”

McDaniel added he would be “surprised” if he went the entire exhibition season without giving Tagovailoa in-game reps but is taking it day by day.

McDaniel said he views the preseason as an extension of practice, meant to prepare the team best for the regular season.

Outside of cornerback Byron Jones, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, the Dolphins are mostly healthy entering Saturday.

”There’s certain players I feel pretty confident might not play, but I do not get ahead of myself,” McDaniel said. “I talked to the team this morning about it, and as far as they’re concerned, everyone is expected to be prepared to play, but there will certainly be players that don’t, which [Thursday] will have a big impact on

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady missed Thursday’s joint practice for personal reasons after participating in the first joint session on Wednesday.

Brady will be away from the Bucs through Tampa Bay’s Aug. 20 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

Shaheen back to Dolphins

Tight end Adam Shaheen failed his physical with the Houston Texans, according to a league source on Thursday.

The trade between the Dolphins and Texans, agreed to on Tuesday, is now off and Shaheen will return to the Dolphins. The teams previously agreed on a deal that sent Shaheen and a seventh-round draft pick to Houston for a sixth-round selection.

Shaheen was flagged for a preexisting knee condition, although he hasn’t missed a day of practice in two-plus weeks of training camp.

Shaheen, after missing the Dolphins’ Wednesday and Thursday joint practices with the Buccaneers, returns to a deep tight end room that includes Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Hunter Long, Cethan Carter and undrafted rookie Tanner Conner. On Miami’s initial depth chart release on Monday, Shaheen was listed as No. 5 at the position, ahead of only Conner, who has been a camp standout, consistently making catches in practice reps with non-starters.

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