It didn’t take long but the Phoenix Suns appear to be in on the idea of trading for Kyrie Irving. They join one of four teams that are pursuing the All-Star point guard before the trade deadline according to Chris Haynes and Shams Charania.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as potential suitors for Brooklyn Nets All-Star starter Kyrie Irving, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2023
The Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets are expected to discuss a trade for Kyrie Irving, per @ChrisBHaynes. pic.twitter.com/5Hyuoa1GQW
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 3, 2023
The Suns have a lot at their disposal that they can give up in return for Irving. They got 8 first-round picks between now and 2030 and they got a plethora of young talent and star talent such as Chris Paul, Cam Johnson, and Deandre Ayton that they can look to deal away.
What comes down to it is where the finances fit in if they were to trade for Irving. It’s not a secret that he wants a contract extension that the Nets aren’t willing to give him. Irving himself even rejected a potential contract extension that the Nets offered him due to stipulations that Irving and his team did not agree with.
"The Nets offered Kyrie Irving a contract extension that had some stipulations in it.. I'm told that his side was vehemently against any stipulations in an extension"@ShamsCharania dives into Kyrie Irving's trade request #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/xBVFmM1jHA
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 3, 2023
In that, the Nets didn’t want to give Irving a fully guaranteed along with his multi-year extension. That probably rubbed Irving the wrong way based on how he has produced for the city and now we’re in a situation where Irving is wanting to go somewhere else that will offer him fully guaranteed money.
Irving’s current contract is set at 4 years $136 million with $36 million of it fully guaranteed. Irving wants something that’s closer to the overall number of his deal and I don’t blame him since he’s an unbelievable talent.
With the Suns more than likely needing to give up a hall of picks and players, it can potentially free up some money that can allow the Suns to make that move to do it.
Kyrie Irving Requests Trade From The Nets, Should The Suns Be Interested?
The Suns went from not having any traction going on with Crowder to now having a wild week on their hand. All that needs to be done from this point forward is to just wait and see.
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