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    Getty Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers might boast an aging roster now, but thing’s weren’t always like this, in fact, before the Anthony Davis trade, the Lakers had a young roster full of upside. And now, it appears that Brandon Ingram, one of the centerpieces in the Davis trade, is currently seen as one of the best trade chips in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes – assuming the New Orleans Pelicans wish to get in on the trade discussions. “Getting that from a player set to turn 25 in September would allow Brooklyn to perhaps enter something of a two-track rebuild. Ingram is good enough to be the centerpiece of a competitive team, but he’s also young enough to be on a similar timeline with players Brooklyn would select over the next several drafts,” Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey wrote on August 3. The Lakers selected Ingram with the 2nd overall pick during the 2016 NBA Draft, and the Duke alumn spent three seasons donning the Purple and Gold before being traded to the...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets disputes a call Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world when he made his trade request to the Brooklyn Nets. When Durant and Kyrie Irving joined the Nets during 2019 free agency, most expected them to be amongst the top title contenders far into the future. But talent alone has proven it is not enough to get the Nets over the hump since Irving and Durant joined forces. ‘ The All-Star Duo has failed to make it out of the second round of the playoffs since joining forces. After a first-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics in 2022, questions have been raised about whether Irving and Durant are compatible enough to win a championship in Brooklyn. During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show on August 2nd, Lakers Legend Shaquille O’Neal called out the Nets star, accusing Durant of taking the easy way out. “When you put a house together, you should live in it …” O’Neal said. “You, as a leader, should make it work, but you...
    Getty Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets Russell Westbrook remains one of the most shopped-around players in the NBA offseason. With his enormous $47.5 million contract. While it is an expiring contract, the Los Angeles Lakers are having a hard time finding a trade partner to take it on. The Lakers and Brooklyn Nets have been attached to trade proposals involving Westbrook as the Lakers continue to pursue a Kyrie Irving and LeBron James reunion in Los Angeles.  No talks between the Lakers and Nets have advanced. The closest the Lakers got to acquiring Irving was when he was throwing the idea that he would sign with the Lakers for a $6 million mid-level extension. LeBron James has expressed his desire to play again with Kyrie, but after Irving opted into the final year of his contract in Brooklyn, they need to find a trade the Nets like to be able to do so.  The Nets remain uninterested in a deal that would bring Westbrook and his contract...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles against John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks The Brooklyn Nets have been engaged in trade rumors since before their season even ended. After the injury debacle with Ben Simmons many were calling for the Nets to try to move the Australian point guard in an offseason trade. Before trades could even be explored Kyrie Irving’s contract negotiations with the Nets got messy and were very public. Irving even dangled the thought of signing for the $6 million mid-level extension with the Los Angeles Lakers as a way out of Brooklyn. That was likely a leverage play, as Irving opted into the final year of his contract with the Nets.  When it looked like the Irving situation had settled with him opting in, Kevin Durant requested a trade in a phone call with Nets owner Joe Tsai that then shook the NBA offseason into a frenzy. Despite a flurry of trade proposals the Nets remain unlikely to find a suitor to match their historic asking price, and the Nets...
    Getty Josh Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers might have their sights set on Kyrie Irving, but that shouldn’t stop them from concluding other business while they try to figure things out. Especially since it’s clear the team needs to continue getting younger after a disappointing end to last season. According to Ben Stinar of Sports Illustrated, one player who the Lakers should be taking a closer look at, is former lottery pick Josh Jackson, who is currently a free agent. Josh Jackson ties it ???? Pistons-Lakers going to OT! pic.twitter.com/DbM8LbmYR8 — NBA TV (@NBATV) February 7, 2021 “There is no question that Jackson can score the ball, but his efficiency has been very poor.  In 291 games, he has a solid career average of 11.1 points per game. However, it’s on 41.6% shooting from the field and less than 30% shooting from the three-point range. In a bench role, with the right supporting cast, he could turn into a productive player,” Stinar wrote on July 26. Jackson split his time between the Detroit Pistons and...
    Four weeks after Kevin Durant's reported trade request, a Brooklyn Nets' rival has emerged as a potential suitor: the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Monday morning that Boston inquired about the former MVP, whose 2021-22 season came to an abrupt end when the Nets were swept by the Celtics in the first-round of the playoffs. The latest 'Woj bomb' doesn't portray the Celtics as the favorite to land Durant, but it does note that Boston is willing to part with All-Star Jaylen Brown, a talented 25-year-old who has struggled to mesh with the team's other young star, Jayson Tatum. Tatum is 'off limits,' Wojnarowski reports. The Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Toronto Raptors are all rumored to have expressed in Durant as well. While the Celtics' reported interest is only just surfacing, Wojnarowski reports that Boston's front office, led by Brad Stevens, has been in regular contact with the Nets brass, which includes general manager Sean Marks. One potential obstacle to a deal is the Nets' asking price for the 33-year-old Durant, who was...
    Getty Josh Green of the Dallas Mavericks and Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers. The biggest story surrounding the Dallas Mavericks this offseason is the fact that they lost point guard Jalen Brunson in free agency. Brunson decided to sign with the New York Knicks to play under his father, Rick Brunson, who was just hired as an assistant coach in New York. Dallas spent the majority of their offseason money inking big man JaVale McGee to a three-year deal, leaving them with little cash to find a replacement for Brunson in free agency. However, one rumored option would see them sign a former MVP. According to Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports, the Mavericks may consider signing Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook if he were to be bought out this offseason. A trade for Westbrook isn’t in the cards, but signing him in the buyout market could be. “Russell Westbrook coming off the bench with the Dallas Mavs would make sense IF he were bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers but it “would...
    Getty Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers and RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks.  The New York Knicks have already had an extremely interesting offseason. They traded away Kemba Walker, Nerlens Noel, and Alec Burks in order to sign former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson to a massive contract. And as if that’s not enough, they now find themselves heavily involved in Donovan Mitchell trade rumors. The Utah Jazz look like they’re headed for a rebuild, and the Knicks have quickly emerged as a favorite for Mitchell. And according to recent reports, if they do end up making that deal, it wouldn’t be the only one they pursue. Long-time NBA insider Marc Stein reported in his newsletter, The Stein Line, that the Knicks could look to pursue a trade for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook. However, he emphasized the fact that they would only consider the deal if they end up landing Mitchell. “Yet one league source advised me in Las Vegas to keep an eye on the Knicks and Lakers discussing a...
    Getty Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Brooklyn Nets have been the talking point of this NBA offseason. Whether it is the start of the Kyrie Irving contract negotiations and the drama that circled there. That evolved to Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the organization. Some insiders have said that how the Nets handled Irving’s negotiations is what led Durant to ask to be traded. Now, there has been a revolving door of trade rumors involving Durant and the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, and more. Irving has also been in trade discussions, but only the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be in the mix.  Because multiple teams are in the mix for Durant, it has essentially put free agency on pause as teams wait for the size 18 Durant shoe to drop. There remains little traction in any Durant deals with Brooklyn not getting the return they hope for if they dealt their superstar. Perhaps the closest deal for the Nets was with the Raptors and had they included the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year, Scottie...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. Russell Westbrook’s brief tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers is getting weirder by the day with the guard’s now former agent Thad Foucher announcing the two have parted ways amid “irreconcilable differences.” Foucher’s statement indicates that Westbrook would like to move on from the Lakers despite the lack of a formal trade request. Westbrook’s former agent also confirmed what many have expected, teams are only willing to take on the former All-Star’s $47 million salary if draft picks are attached as part of the deal with the Lakers. Finally, Foucher hinted that Westbrook is likely headed to the buyout market if the guard is indeed traded. “Each time [Westbrook was traded], teams gave up valuable players and assets to acquire Russell — and each time, a new organization embraced his arrival,” Foucher explained in a statement released July 15, 2022, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “We did it together with grace and class. “Now, with a possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the marketplace is telling the Lakers...
    Getty Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Brooklyn Nets are in the stickiest situation in the NBA right now. They already had to trade a disgruntled James Harden during the season and now may have to do the same with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The Los Angeles Lakers have been at the center of the Irving trade rumors but nothing has linked them to Durant yet. While Durant to Los Angeles is a longshot, it could be the most logical landing spot. The Lakers could offer up Anthony Davis, which is likely the best player the Nets could get in a Durant trade. It remains to be seen if the 12-time All-Star has any desire to team up with LeBron James. Former three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas believes that a trade that sees Davis and Russell Westbrook sent to Brooklyn for Durant and Irving would make sense for both teams. “Lakers are the only team that’s suited to make a deal work,” Arenas told fubo Sports. “Because it’s less paperwork. I can straight up trade Kyrie...
    Getty Andre Drummond #0, Kyrie Irving #11 and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets react in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center The future of the Brooklyn Nets currently hangs in the balance. A trade for 12-time All-Star Kevin Durant could be looming, and the belief is that if Durant is dealt this offseason, Kyrie could also be traded. After a 2022 season that ended disappointingly, by way of a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics, the Nets could be headed towards an all-out rebuild with the potential departure of their two superstars. The Nets signed the All-Star duo to max contracts in 2019 and extended Durant’s contract in 2021 with the hope that he and Kyrie would be cornerstone pieces of the future. But after three seasons and no appearances in the conference finals, it appears that the All-Star duo’s time in Brooklyn could already be in its final stages. However, with Irving and Durant both inked to contracts with the Nets in 2022, the front office is...
    Getty Lakers star Anthony Davis The Los Angeles Lakers have been urged to trade Anthony Davis for a former MVP and 12-time All-Star. On July 3, two-time New York Times bestselling author Chris Palmer wrote on Twitter that the Lakers should trade Davis for Kevin Durant, who has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. Palmer said Los Angeles should forget about acquiring Kyrie Irving and shift its focus to Durant. “Forget Kyrie. Kevin Durant for Anthony Davis is the trade that makes the most sense for the Lakers,” Palmer wrote. “Unload Davis before he’s untradeable. KD turns a losing team into a champion and totally redeems himself.” Under CBA rules, the Lakers could trade Davis and future draft picks to the Nets for Durant. Davis will make $37.9 million next season, while Durant will earn $42.9 million. According to a July 3 report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets are seeking an All-Star level player along with four or five first-round picks and pick swaps for Durant. Lakers superstar LeBron James is friends with Durant. The...
    Getty Ben Simmons, left, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets have plenty of areas to address this offseason and the most pressing ones will be what to do with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. After trading away James Harden last season, the expectation was that Ben Simmons, Irving and Durant would form a new core to build around, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case. Instead, Simmons might be the lone star remaining in Brooklyn if Durant and Irving are shipped out for younger pieces or draft picks. Alternatively, Simmons could be moved as well because it’d open up the ability to trade for even more pieces. Because Simmons is on a designated rookie extension, special language in his contract prevents the Nets from bringing a star on a similar deal. This is what could ultimately lead to a trade because getting him off the roster opens up all sorts of deals, and Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz floats the idea of moving him in exchange for former fan-favorite guard Spencer...
    Getty The Nets swarm Justise Winslow on defense. The Brooklyn Nets are expected to look very different next season as both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant aren’t expected to remain on the roster going into next season. After Irving opted into his contract for next season, things looked good to go this summer, but Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn shortly after. With that news, it’s now expected that both Durant and Irving will be on new teams, and that’s going to create a lot of turmoil. Outside of those two, the Nets have already suffered some losses in free agency and former starters Andre Drummond and Bruce Brown have both departed, to the Bulls and Nuggets respectively. While he wasn’t with the team for long, another piece from last year’s team has departed with Goran Dragic jumping ship to an Eastern Conference rival.Dragic to Chicago Free agent guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2022 According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania,...
    Getty Rob Pelinka, Lakers general manager, with Russell Westbrook As the early segment of NBA free agency trudges onward, rumors about the Lakers potentially bringing in star point guard Kyrie Irving from Brooklyn continue to swirl. But would the addition of the notably flighty Irving be the best thing for the franchise? Not necessarily. Irving, of course, missed much of last season because of his refusal to accept the Covid-19 vaccine, which would have left him in violation of New York City’s mandate if he had taken the floor in Brooklyn’s home games. The previous season, he disappeared on the Nets and stayed away for two weeks in January for a mental health break. While the Irving-to-L.A. train has gained significant steam, one Western Conference executive said the Lakers would be better off looking elsewhere in converting the expiring contract of Russell Westbrook into useful roster players—starters, even—next season. “If I were them, I would have focused on the Hornets a long time ago,” the exec said. “They have money they want to get rid of. It seems...
    Getty Stephen Curry and LeBron James The Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement with free-agent forward Juan Toscano-Anderson on June 30 and the swingman’s former superstar teammate had some things to say about the move. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who won the 2022 championship over the Boston Celtics with Toscano-Anderson, took to Twitter after the Lakers stole his guy. Always a champ and always doing it for Oakland…good luck my guy Juan T pic.twitter.com/thUW4OGyDi — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 1, 2022 Toscano-Anderson spent the past three seasons with the Warriors. He has career averages of 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 139 regular-season games while shooting 52.3% from the field, 36.1% from beyond the arc and 61.3% from the free-throw line. Toscano-Anderson, 29, went undrafted out of Marquette and played in the Mexican League from 2015 through 2018 before joining the G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors following a local tryout. He is represented by Erika Ruiz of Klutch Sports, the same agency Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are with.Toscano-Anderson Excited to Join...
    Getty Kenyon Martin Jr. #6 of the Houston Rockets The Brooklyn Nets finally got an answer to the highly-speculated question about what will happen with their star Kyrie Irving. After being widely reported that the point guard would be leaving the Nets, another tweet from Sham Charania of The Athletic took the basketball world by storm.  “Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is opting into his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 season, [The Athletic] and [Stadium] has learned,” Charania said per his Twitter account on June 27. “Irving is bypassing on multiple opt-in and trade scenarios to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant.” Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is opting into his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 season, @TheAthletic @Stadium has learned. Irving is bypassing on multiple opt-in and trade scenarios to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 27, 2022 Irving had until June 29 to opt-out of the final year of his player option. Every sign pointed to him looking to do so, especially following...
    Getty Kyrie Irving defending LeBron James. The Brooklyn Nets are trying to resolve the Kyrie Irving situation as best as they can, but it appears the situation is even trickier than they thought. The Nets are trying to work out possible sign-and-trade scenarios involving the former Boston Celtics star, but, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, only one team is interested in acquiring Irving that way – the Los Angeles Lakers. Reportedly, the Nets are not interested in what the Lakers have to offer. ESPN Sources: Outside of the Lakers, there are currently no known teams planning pursuit of sign-and-trades for Nets G Kyrie Irving. No sign-and-trades can be formally discussed until after 6 PM on Thursday. Brooklyn isn't believed to have interest in available Lakers packages. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2022 Because of the Anthony Davis trade from 2019, the Lakers have very limited assets to offer Brooklyn for Irving. The alternative option, in this case, would be for Irving to opt out of his deal and sign with the Lakers with the taxpayer mid-level...
    Getty Lakers stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James A one-time champion believes the Los Angeles Lakers can win the title next season if they acquire a former Rookie of the Year this summer. Matt Barnes, who won the 2017 championship with the Golden State Warriors, told TMZ Sports on June 26 that the Lakers would become title contenders if they landed Kyrie Irving. “I definitely think so,” Barnes said. “I think what they have right now, if they can learn to co-exist with the group they have now, they’re really close. But I think if you get someone like Kyrie and Kyrie is committed to playing, I mean that’s the first thing. Kyrie is probably a top-five talent in the world, but you never know what you’re gonna get. So if Kyrie is committed to playing, whether he plays in Brooklyn or the Lakers, he definitely makes them a title contender.” The Brooklyn Nets have granted Irving permission to seek sign-and-trade scenarios ahead of his potential free agency, according to a June 27 report from Kristian Winfield of...
    Getty Miami Heat stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo celebrate their win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. Ever since the Miami Heat tapped out of the NBA Playoffs, the hoops blogosphere and fans alike have been pontificating on what Pat Riley should do to get the club over the hump in the East next season. To that end, there’s little chance Godfather doesn’t make a big move or two this summer. And with free agency and the summer trade season tipping off in a matter of days, there has been a growing sense that he’ll be hunting another big star to put alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Although a number of name talents have been bandied about as potential targets — Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, et al. — Nets star Kyrie Irving has gained major traction in recent days amid reports that he’s discontented in Brooklyn and that Miami is on his list of preferred landing spots. With that in mind, Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard pitched a blockbuster trade...
    Getty Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. After a roller-coaster season with their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets remain stagnant on talks of an extension with their star. Irving has a player option on the upcoming final year of his deal with the Nets. He can opt-in for the 2023 season or enter free agency and join another team. NBA Analyst Bill Simmons suggests a trade that sends Kyrie to the Los Angeles Lakers, former number one overall pick John Wall to the Nets and Russell Westbrook, and a haul of draft picks to the Houston Rockets. When we did the “Where is Kyrie going?” segment on my pod 2 weeks ago, here were the fake trades I wrote down. (PS: I can’t imagine OKC would take Russ but that’s the only way LA has a chance at Kyrie; Brooklyn taking Russ back would be… insane?) pic.twitter.com/q6FMMa45Xw — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 20, 2022 Simmons also notes, that the turmoil surrounding Irving over the last couple of seasons could affect how potential...
    Getty LeBron James with Russell Westbrook. Given Kyrie Irving’s offseason media tour praising LeBron James, there is some buzz the star point guard could bolt the Brooklyn Nets for the Los Angeles Lakers. The challenge for Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is the team finds itself without cap space and possessing very few tradable assets. The Lakers would need to pull off a sign-and-trade for Irving, and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons sees orchestrating a three-team deal as L.A.’s best chance to land the seven-time All-Star. Simmons put together a few different trade options if Irving opts out of his deal to become a free agent and offered a three-team proposal with the Thunder helping broker a blockbuster move between the Lakers and Nets. “Well, [Thunder GM] Sam Presti OKC, former home of Russell Westbrook, taking the hometown hero home for a year,” the analyst explained during a June 6, 2022 episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Get a couple Lakers’ first [draft picks] out of it. Lakers get Kyrie and the Nets just get a huge...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the second half of the Eastern Conference 2022 Play-In Tournament What will the Brooklyn Nets do with their star point guard Kyrie Irving? That is one of the questions going into the NBA’s postseason. Reports have stated that due to Kyrie’s stance on the vaccine that resulted in the star being unavailable in home games, the franchise will be ‘unwilling‘ to sign the All-Star long-term. If the star refuses to sign with the Nets the other NBA teams believe that Brooklyn may be open to trading Irving in a sign-and-trade deal.  With Brooklyn’s salary cap situation, a sign-and-trade could be the only way that the Nets could still add a star in Kyrie’s departure. Kyrie has been linked to a number of sign-and-trade deals, including one to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell Westbrook, another that had him landing on the other Los Angeles team in exchange for some key Clippers players, and some reports even believe he will be staying put in Brooklyn.  One of the more surprising takes about...
    Getty Andre Drummond #0, Kyrie Irving #11 and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets react in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center With the Boston Celtics, the team that eliminated the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the playoffs, now finding themselves in the NBA Finals, fans are looking back at both the 2013 trade that gave Boston their stars, but also the decisions made by both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Durant and Irving were members of the Golden State Warriors and Celtics respectively before both made the decision to leave and join the Nets. Fast forward to 2022 and both of those teams are now in the NBA Finals without the services of Durant and Irving. In Durant’s defense, he did make the decision to leave Golden State after winning two championships, but Irving came away with no hardware. The Nets were meant to create a new super team in Brooklyn, but that just hasn’t panned out so far, and many members in the media are critical of the decisions made by...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant #7 look on Could the Chicago Bulls have a legitimate shot at Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant? If the latest reports out of New York are true, the answer could be a resounding “yes” following both teams’ unceremonious exits from the postseason. The Bulls are currently awaiting Zach LaVine’s free agency decision amid all sorts of rumors hinting that his departure is imminent. We did get some clarity from NBC Sports Chicago’s Stacey King regarding the perceived rift some believed formed due to DeMar DeRozan getting a lot of publicity over Zach LaVine last season. Bulls brass has spoken of incremental changes with a goal of continuity this offseason. But what if Durant was available for some reason? Surely, the Bulls would have to do their due diligence in hopes of landing one of the game’s greatest scorers.A Rift Grows in BrooklynKristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reported that Durant has not spoken with the Nets since being swept by the Boston Celtics. He says...
    Getty LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers The rhetoric surrounding Russell Westbrook’s future with the Los Angeles Lakers continues to swirl. At this point, the notion of the Lakers trading away the former All-Star is all but a forgone conclusion, the only question left is what team will play the part of a willing trade partner? After all, Westbrook’s $47 million contract is enough to discourage even the most interested of parties. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And according to Nick Wright, that way is through the Brooklyn Nets, who themselves are navigating through a mini-crisis. According to Wright, a deal to send Westbrook back to the Eastern Conference makes perfect sense and would see Kyrie Irving teaming up with his former teammate LeBron James in Los Angeles. “Only logical solution is a sign & trade: Kyrie for Russ. KD & Russ reunion + Kyrie & LeBron reunion. I suppose the Lakers might also throw in a pick or two. Send it in, Pelinka!” Wright Tweeted on April 24. Only logical solution is a sign &...
    With retiring Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski down to his final few games at Duke, here’s a look at his impact on the game, from college basketball coaches, to the NBA and international competition: THE COLLEGE GAME Eight former Blue Devils players under Krzyzewski are leading Division I programs as head coaches: Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Kenny Blakeney (Howard), Jeff Capel (Pittsburgh), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Johnny Dawkins (UCF), Bobby Hurley (Arizona State), Nate James (Austin Peay) and Greg Paulus (Niagara). That list doesn’t include former assistant Mike Brey, who is in his 22nd season as Notre Dame’s head coach, or former Duke director of basketball operations Mike Schrage, in his third season at Elon. NBA GAME In all, 68 of Krzyzewski’s players at Duke have gone on to become NBA draft picks, including record totals of 42 first-round draft picks and 28 going in the lottery. Krzyzewski has had three No. 1 overall selections: Elton Brand (1999), Kyrie Irving (2011) and Zion Williamson (2019). There are 21 former Krzyzewski players as of February on NBA rosters — including current...
    Getty Blake Griffin against the Magic. The Brooklyn Nets are being ravaged by the COVID protocols and it has even resulted in the postponing of games. Through all of this, it has given Nets big man Blake Griffin a chance to crack the rotation again. He got off to a horrendous start to the season and was eventually removed from the lineup. Griffin provided a big boost when he was signed last season, but hasn’t been able to capture that flash of brilliance again so far this year. However, he might’ve turned a corner after the team has been forced to rely on him more. With so many players out of the lineup, Griffin has been thrust back into the action and he’s provided a big boost to the team. While his defense isn’t really there, he’s able to step up in a different way by drawing charges. When you couple this with his much-improved shooting, you might have a reignited Griffin who is in the midst of proving to the Nets that he belongs in the lineup...
    Former boxer Floyd Mayweather expressed support for Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving's refusal to get vaccinated, praising the basketball player's "free mind." Choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. America gave us the choice to take the vaccine or not take the vaccine. As time moves on, that choice is gradually being stripped from us. pic.twitter.com/7F6RsWaDkL— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) October 25, 2021 The former boxer posted a video to Twitter speaking directly to Irving, reading a statement applauding the point guard's "integrity" as he continues to resist the NBA's order he comply with New York's vaccine mandate, which restricts unvaccinated people from entering gyms, restaurants, and other venues. "You only want to be treated fair ... You [are] a great person, great father, great athlete, and you believe what you believe," he told Irving. "America is the land of the free: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and, supposedly, freedom to choose ... I respect you for having some integrity and for being your own...
    Getty Brooklyn Nets star James Harden is defended by Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben Simmons’ sudden, unexpected arrival at the Philadelphia 76ers‘ latest exhibition game has the hoops world buzzing about a potential reconciliation. However, even if Simmons’ holdout does come to an end and he hits the hardwood for Philly, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and others have indicated that the team is still exploring trade options. To that end, Sixers president Daryl Morey may once again be targeting an old friend and three-time NBA scoring champion. On the October 12 episode of First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith demonstrively stated that the Sixers’ top decision-maker has continued to kick the tires on potential James Harden deals. “Now you might lose James Harden because Daryl Morey is lurking in Philadelphia. Don’t think for one second that Daryl Morey ain’t trying to get his hands on James Harden,” Smith declared. “I’m telling you what I know.”A Kyrie Irving Ripple Effect? Play First Take reacts to Sean Marks saying Kyrie can’t rejoin Nets until he can be a...
    IRVING PARK — Neighbors will learn more about a developer’s plan to build an apartment and shopping complex in Irving Park that includes an Amazon Fresh grocery store and apartments at the former People’s Gas property next week.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Neighbors can also attend virtually by logging into Zoom and using the meeting ID 837 1077 8457 or dialing 312-626-6799 and then the passcode 655805#. Developer GW Properties is hosting the meeting alongside the Old Irving Park Association, Portage Park Neighbors Association and Six Corners Association. In addition to 102 apartments, the “Shops at Six Corners” at 3955 N. Kilpatrick Ave. would include an Amazon Fresh grocery store, a Burlington clothing store and a Panera Bread restaurant with a drive-through, according to renderings shared with neighbors at a virtual meeting in April. Nadig Newspapers was first to report on the updated renderings and proposed tenants. The developer needs a zoning change to move forward with its plans. GW Properties gave additional details regarding plans to build five...
    MICHAEL Irvin made his debut as the new host of ESPN’s First Take. The commentator has previously worked as an analyst for the NFL Network. 2Michael Irving is a former professional football player Who is Michael Irvin? Michael Irvin is a former professional football player and a sports media personality. The 55-year-old played college football at the University of Miami and was selected in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Irvin spent over a decade with the Cowboys before a career-ending spinal cord injury. During his time with the Cowboys, Irvin helped the team secure three Super Bowl wins and is known as one of "The Triplets" along with players Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. 2Irvin played for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 yearsCredit: Getty The football star was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 due to his career in the NFL. Irving is also a former broadcaster for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and competed in season nine of Dancing With the Stars. Most read in CelebrityCOMIC DEAD Fuquan Johnson...
    Kyrie Irving earned the backing up of his former Brooklyn Nets teammate and EuroLeague star Mike James this week when comparing the point guard to Stephen Curry. James, who only played 13 games for Brooklyn during the 2020-21 season, set off the debate when he said he would put Irving and James Harden in the conversation of most skilled scorers in NBA history. When pressed about favoring his former teammates over other NBA stars, James doubled down. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Kyrie more skilled then Steph. Steph just shoot better. Everything is in kyrie favor skill wise. But whatever u say fam," he tweeted. BEN SIMMONS NO LONGER WANTS TO REMAIN WITH SIXERS: REPORT He added Tuesday: "Look kyrie top 3 most skilled players ever. Period. I said what i said. Move on." Irving and Curry are almost incomparable since their careers took a totally different path and play two different styles of basketball. Curry has been known for his deadly three-point accuracy. It was on full display during his career and he won NBA scoring...
    (CNN)Two former police officers in Maine have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from an incident in which they beat porcupines to death with their batons while on duty, Sagadahoc County District Attorney Natasha Irving told CNN. Addison Cox and Michael Rolerson both pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of night hunting and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Irving said.Cox received a 90-day sentence, with all but 10 days suspended for the animal cruelty charge, and seven days for the night hunting charge, which will be served concurrently. Cox will also have to pay a fine, complete community service and receive treatment for PTSD, Irving said. Rolerson was sentenced to 270 days in jail, with all but 20 days suspended, and seven days for the night hunting charge, which will also be served concurrently. He will also pay a fine, perform community service and undergo treatment for PTSD, according to Irving. CNN has reached out to Cox and Rolerson's attorneys but has not yet received a response.Read MoreCNN has previously reported that both officers were fired from...
    Getty Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is defended by Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving. With his trio of All-Star nods and crucial role as a part of “Run TMC”, Tim Hardaway continues to live in Golden State Warriors lore, nearly two decades after his final game in the NBA. Along with Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, Hardaway helped in leading the Dubs to multiple playoff berths in the early 1990s and creating some of the most exciting basketball action in the Western Conference. Nowadays, fans are used to seeing a younger Hardaway putting in buckets, and some are dreaming of a Tim Hardaway Jr.-Warriors signing this summer. Whether or not the Hardaway-Dubs reunion of sorts actually happens remains to be seen, but Hardaway Sr. clearly is pulling for the signing. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! The Warriors all-time leader in assists per game recently hopped on The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to talk not...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — A former Celtic who’s now a Net stepped on the Celtics’ logo, which prompted a different former Celtic to chime in. Now a former Net is coming out to be critical of that former Celtic who criticized the current Net. READ MORE: Patrick Mahomes Wants To Go 20-0 With Chiefs Got all that? In more plain terms, Richard Jefferson saw what Kevin Garnett said about Kyrie Irving, and Jefferson didn’t like it. So Jefferson called out Garnett for doing “FAR more disrespectful things on the court than what Kyrie did.” “He’s crossed that line plenty of times…… plenty of times,” Jefferson tweeted. Kevin Garnett has done FAR more disrespectful things on the court than what Kyrie did. I don’t want to hear that noise. He’s crossed that line plenty of times…… plenty of times. ???? — Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) June 1, 2021 READ MORE: Jake DeBrusk Fined $5,000 For Cross-Checking Scott Mayfield While Jefferson’s comments create a fun war of words between two retired players, they are also … kind of off...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Celtics fans booed Kyrie Irving heartily throughout the weekend at TD Garden. But it was the former Boston guard who may have gotten the last word Sunday night. Irving scored 39 points as the Nets cruised to a 141-126 win over the Celtics to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with the series headed back to Brooklyn. READ MORE: Damp And Dreary Memorial Day In Store For New England, But Not A Total Washout And after stepping on the Celtics throats with his play, Irving stepped on their logo after the game was over. A fan shared video that showed Irving headed toward center court to greet his teammates following the win. Irving appears to stomp on the head of the Celtics logo, and grind his sneaker. @ESPNNBA kyrie showing his true colors. pic.twitter.com/MIF07RHjcz READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments — yornoc (@yornoc74) May 31, 2021 Things turned ugly a few moments later as a fan appeared to throw a water bottle at Irving while he headed down the tunnel. MORE NEWS: Fan Arrested After...
    Echoing statements from other black athletes, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving said he hopes to avoid any 'subtle racism' in Boston for Games 3 and 4 of their ongoing playoff series with the Celtics, adding that 'the whole world knows' about the city's reputation for prejudice against African Americans. 'I am just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully, we can just keep it strictly basketball; there's no belligerence or racism going on -- subtle racism,' Irving said during a video press conference following the Nets' Game 2 win on Tuesday.  'People yelling s**** from the crowd, but even if it is, it's part of the nature of the game and we're just going to focus on what we can control.' A former Celtics guard who once predicted he'd sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston before joining Brooklyn in 2019, Irving told reporters on Tuesday that he's 'not the only one that can attest' to the city's racism.  And when prompted by someone off-camera, the grinning 29-year-old added: 'the whole world knows it.' Echoing statements...
    Kendall Jenner Hosts Star-Studded 818 Tequila Launch Party with Her Sisters, Hailey Baldwin and More Why the future for Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple and other pricey growth stocks isn’t so bright It can easily be said for many NFL players and hopefuls that they can't catch a break, but not David Irving. The 27-year-old has been granted plenty of opportunities to live up to his freakishly athletic potential, but he can't ever stick the landing. The former Dallas Cowboys pass rusher signed on with the Las Vegas Raiders in October 2020, after having been reinstated from an indefinite suspension, but couldn't carve his way onto the field for more than 40 defensive snaps and delivered zero sacks. He'd re-sign with the Raiders this past February, but he's now been released roughly three months later -- the team announced on Friday. © Provided by CBS Sports ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) paces the sideline prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys on October 14, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in...
    Getty Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving smiles following their 120-108 win over the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center on March 31, 2021 in New York City. Kyrie Irving’s Nets fandom has been well documented in recent years. The 29-year-old grew up in New Jersey, after all. In March 2020, Irving went on Instagram Live with his former St. Patrick High School (N.J.) teammate Jeremiah Green and elaborated more. “Being a struggling Nets fan at one point, oh my goodness bro,” Irving said. “All my Jersey people know, before the Nets went to Brooklyn, trying to fill that Continental Airlines Arena up. They were selling three-game packages for like $90!” Kyrie Irving talks growing up as a “struggling Nets fan” in the post-JKidd era, Devin Harris, NJ Nets memories, how it was destined he’d fulfill his dream of making it to the NBA, and the beauty of his journey that has finally landed him back home. (via IG Live) pic.twitter.com/tj5U0NclUC — Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) March 28, 2020 This week, even more about Irving’s true feelings about his hometown team came...
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Bail was set on Thursday for former Victor Cullen Center employee Jessica Margaret Irving who was indicted last week on sex abuse of a minor charges.   Irving was indicted by the Frederick Grand Jury on March 19, 2021, on three counts of Sex Abuse of a Minor and three counts of Sex Offense-Juvenile Detainee. READ MORE: Tara Savannah Paynes Body Found In Water In Baltimores Canton Neighborhood The judge ordered a $5,000 secured bond, pretrial supervision and no contact with the victim or minor-aged children. On April 16, 2020, the Maryland State Police was contacted by the Department of Juvenile Services regarding a sexual abuse complaint between a prior Victor Cullen Center youth and Victor Cullen staff member. It was reported that a 17-year-old had been released from the Victor Cullen Center on March 23, 2020. Once he was released, the staff member contacted him via social media. READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Jaylin Tyrek King Fatally Wounded In Glen Burnie, Police Investigating The victim told investigators that the staff member picked him up from his home on two occasions...
    Getty Jason Tatum and Kyrie Irving at TD Garden. Let Kyrie Irving tell it, the media has its way of making him seem like a villain or some sort of locker room cancer. While it may have seemed warranted to many, there have been moments in his career, where the 10-year veteran has shown that he can get along with other players in the Association. Kyrie’s ex-Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum reflected on his two years playing with Uncle Drew in Boston and had nothing but great reviews for the seven-time All-Star. Join Heavy on Nets! ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here!Jayson Tatum Sounds off on Kyrie Irving“I enjoyed it, my first two years in the league, being on the team with him,” Tatum said in a discussion with Steven Kubitza of Fansided. “Obviously, we didn’t achieve the ultimate goal, but there was a lot of learning experiences.” The Celtics’ squad between 2017 and 2019 was a team that, on paper, should have been clear favorites to...
    It is extremely hard to stop a player like Kyrie Irving when he gets going. He’s like a wizard with the ball and Irving recently enjoyed a hot-hand performance against his former team Boston Celtics. This had the entire NBA community hyped!  The Nets took on the Celtics at home and Irving inspired his team to a sensational victory. He went 15-23 from the field and finished with 40 points, eight rebounds, and three assists on the night.  It was a wonderful performance from Irving to bring up Brooklyn’s first win after the All-Star break and more importantly maintain the Nets’ unbeaten run against the Celtics this season. Furthermore, it was Irving’s second 40-point game of the season.  Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Kendrick Perkins shared a message after Kyrie Irving dropped a 40-piece Kyrie Irving is leading the Nets’ scoring charts in the absence of Kevin Durant, and he increased...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving had what former teammate Marcus Smart dubbed a “vintage” performance on Thursday night. In Brooklyn’s first game back from the All-Star break, the Nets toppled the Boston Celtics 121-109, on the shoulders of Irving’s season-high (tied) 40-point outing. Yet, the most noteworthy aspect of Irving’s night may have been following regulation, as the All-Star point guard embraced his former Celtics teammates, sharing hugs before exiting the court. Readily questioned for his ability to jive with teammates, Irving used the postgame video conference to call out the people who have cast this perception upon him. “Big surprise to a lot of people,” Irving exclaimed. “All that s*** talking about me and all the relationships I have with every former teammate of mine.” ALL the latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Irving Denounces Idea Celtics Game Added Extra MotivationIrving, who was a member of the Celtics’ roster for three seasons (2017-19), has been a thorn in the...
    The Brooklyn Nets continued their demolition run as they beat the Boston Celtics tonight. They were led by Kyrie Irving, who showed no mercy to his former team. But his ruthlessness lasted only during the game, as he embraced his former teammates after the win. Since his move to the Nets, Irving has often been criticized for being a ‘locker room menace’ in Boston. However, his post-game love for his former Celtics teammates has proven that those rumors are false and exaggerated. During the post-game interview, reporters asked Irving about this incident. Irving replied, “Big surprise, huh, to a lot of people? All that sh*t talking about me and all the relationships I have with every teammate of mine.” It is a slap in the face to all who criticized him unfairly. Along with that, his excellent on-court performance would have made the criticisms against him even more unsubstantiated. Nets star Kyrie Irving doesn’t spare his former team Playing in their 10th game without Kevin Durant, the Nets had a tough task against the Celtics. But right from...
    Getty Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving hugs Boston's Kemba Walker after the Nets 121-109 win at Barclays Center on March 11, 2021 in New York City. Kyrie Irving went off again Thursday night, dropping 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 121-109 win over the Boston Celtics in their first game back from the All-Star break. After the game, Irving unloaded a few more fireworks. ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Irving Bashes MediaAfter the game, Irving, who spent two seasons with the Celtics between 2017-19, was seen hugging some of his former Boston teammates on his way off the floor at Barclays Center. Irving was asked about those cordial exchanges after the game. He didn’t hold back. “Big surprise huh?… All that sh**-talking about me and my former teammates,” Irving said, per ESPN’s Malika Andrews. When noted that Kyrie Irving hugged his former Celtics teammates on his way off the floor tonight — Irving says: "Big surprise huh?… All...
    Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving had an emphatic mic drop against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Irving’s falling out in Boston is well-documented, with former teammates going as far as to (anonymously) rip him for being a bad teammate. Now two seasons removed from that Celtics drama, Irving has pretty clearly won over the public perception — as winning tends to do — with the Brooklyn Nets. In his latest matchup with his friends turned foes, Irving gave Boston yet another reminder of what they lost. Irving dropped a 40 piece, making 15-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. As this point, even Celtics ownership has acknowledged how much losing Irving hurt the team’s championship chances. CEO Wyc Grousbeck stated on the record that Irving’s departure created a “domino effect” that’s still hampering the Celtics now.Dropping 40 wasn’t the most satisfying part of the night for Kyrie IrvingIrving didn’t need to prove anything on the court to NBA fans or the Celtics, but the efforts by his own colleagues to tarnish his name clearly had...
    LeBron James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cavaliers break the Cleveland sports curse when they finally lifted an NBA title. However, the differences between them grew bigger after that win, and it ultimately forced Kyrie to part ways with the Cavs. All of this left the headlines filled with rumors of LeBron and Kyrie’s feud and how they disliked each other’s presence. But now, a teammate of theirs has spoken about how they treated one another when they were on the same unit. Were the former Cavaliers stars foes in reality? JR Smith joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in the same 2014-15 season when LeBron James reunited with his former team. He spent enough time with both Bron and Kyrie to give a real insight into the dynamics of their turbulent relationship. Surprisingly, Smith had something positive to say about their relationship. In a recent interview, the 35-YO, who again played alongside Bron in 2019-20, expressed, “LeBron and Kyrie are not archenemies. Actually, they get along great.” Now, this was something no one was prepared to hear about...
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