Report: Nets, Irving 'motivated' to come to terms
NBA.com Global on Jun 30, 2019 07:10 AM
FILE - BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE this image has been converted to black and white) Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 16, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After trading for D'Angelo Russell and seeing him become a 2019 All-Star, Brooklyn is reportedly ready to move on to a new point guard in Kyrie Irving.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Irving and the Nets are "motivated" to come to terms on a deal once negotiations can begin Sunday evening (Monday morning, PHL time). Irving, who recently switched to Jay-Z-founded RocNation for representation, averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals for Boston last season.
Free agent Kyrie Irving is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Sunday and both sides are motivated to move quickly toward reaching a 4-year, $141M deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Irving's arrival would appear to close the door on the Russell era in Brooklyn, where the former No. 2 overall pick blossomed after being traded from the Lakers in 2017. The 23-year-old guard averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals en route to the Nets' first postseason appearance since 2015.
Once Kyrie Irving commits to a deal, Nets are expected to renounce All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Russell led Nets to the playoffs this past season. There's tremendous league-wide interest in Russell. https://t.co/cJSryXSUJV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Russell's suitors include the Timberwolves, who were reported to have set up a Sunday meeting (Monday, PHL time) with the free agent point guard. Wojnarowski adds that the Lakers have already contacted Russell's representatives to set up a meeting. Indiana and Phoenix are also known to be seeking upgrades at point guard.