Kyrie Irving Reportedly 'Prepared to Sign' with the Nets

Kyrie Irving Reportedly 'Prepared to Sign' with the Nets

Asked if he has directly asked Irving to come back, the Celtics co-owner said, "I haven't talked to Kyrie in those terms, and our two free agent negotiators are Brad and Danny (Ainge)".

Irving is a player that comes with injury risks, to be sure.

The Celtics acquired Irving in a blockbuster deal with the Cavaliers in August 2017.

Things are only beginning as the National Basketball Association enters arguably its most exciting time of the season. The Cavs won the championship in 2016. That is, if Durant remains in Golden State for one more season. Irving's clashes with Boston's young players is one of the reasons he's looking to leave, according to a new report by SI's Chris Mannix, so trading some of them away may help keep Irving in town.

Irving has continually been linked with the Nets.

There are still a lot of moving parts and if time has taught us anything, it's that a free-agent deal isn't a deal until there's ink on paper - remember DeAndre Jordan's head-fake with the Dallas Mavericks in 2015 before he backed out of that commitment to remain with the LA Clippers.

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Irving averaged 24.4 and 23.8 points per game, respectively, in his two seasons with the Celtics and this year, he was named to the Second Team All-NBA and posted career totals in rebounds, assists, and blocks.

The Pelicans big man has reportedly repeatedly said he will not sign long term with the Celtics, so that could deter Boston from giving up tons of assets to get him.

Wechsler also represents Celtics star Jayson Tatum.

Meanwhile, the Nets seemingly waiting to see what other free agents decide before determining whether to match offers for guard D'Angelo Russell, a restricted free agent.

As always, National Basketball Association rumors need to be taken with a grain of salt, but this much seems true: with free agency just over two weeks away, it's fair to say that Kyrie seems to be inching closer to leaving Boston.

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