“Should Upgrade to the Warriors”: Amid See-Saw Kyrie Irving Saga for Lakers and Nets, Decisive Update Caused NBA Twitter Mayhem

Published 01/18/2023, 1:23 PM EST
Jan 2, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

After immense drama, Kyrie Irving seems to be back in full flourish for the Brooklyn Nets. The franchise has rejuvenated as one of the top Eastern Conference sides. The pairing of v and KAI have arguably looked the most lethal in all their time together. However, with all the problems attached to Irving’s name, several trade rumors sparked, including a move to the Los Angeles Lakers. But the recent update on his status with Brooklyn could be enough to crush the Laker nation.

In a four-year stint with Brooklyn, the former number-one overall pick was the headline of several controversies. His recent anti-semitic controversy seemed to have even brought in possibilities of KAI never playing in the NBA again. Likewise, as his relationship with the Nets front office turned south, several teams started making plans to eventually sign him. A reunion with LeBron James in LA was already written as the next chapter for Irving.

Dec 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) talks to fans after a victory against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

However, as time has gone by, the 2013 three-point contest winner has made amends and even apologized for his mistakes. In addition, it seems Joe Tsai and Brooklyn are happy with his response to the six-action plan as reported by The Athletic. In the wake of a contending season, Michael Scotto reported that Irving might just re-sign with the Nets next season.


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According to Scotto’s reports on Hoops Hype, several NBA executives believe Kyrie Irving and the Nets will continue their partnership next season. One executive said, “A sign-and-trade for Kyrie this summer would be tough given the length needed and assets to make it happen from another team. I think there’s an incentive for an extension on a one-plus-one or two-year deal. If I’m Brooklyn, I’m not going past two years.”


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With the Lakers linked with Kyrie Irving since his suspension, NBA Twitter was left in shock. Likewise, several fans caused an uproar after hearing the recent news.


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Following his return from suspension, KAI has proven to be one of the most threatening offensive talents. Returning to an All-Star ceiling, he is averaging 25.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. Throughout 32 games, the Nets have gone 20-12 with Irving in the lineup. His dynamic with Kevin Durant has transformed them into serious title contenders. In addition, they are surrounded by reliable talent.

With Brooklyn working towards creating a winning culture, Irving has become a crucial piece of the puzzle. Hence, the decision doesn’t seems surprising. However, it is probably the last thing James and the Lakers wanted to hear. Next season, they would have the cap space to bring in the seven-time All-Star to join the King and Anthony Davis. But with the recent rumors, it looks like their dreams are slowly coming down crashing.


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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.