Kyrie Irving, star of the Brooklyn Nets has informed the organization that he wants to be traded before the NBA’s trade deadline of February 9, according to multiple reports.
Irving told the Nets that he prefers to be moved before the trade deadline, or he will leave when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to a report by The Athletic.
Irving has been with Brooklyn since the 2019 season after leaving the Celtics after two years in Boston.
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Irving was named the starter for the Eastern Conference last week in the upcoming NBA All-Star Game.
He is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in 40 games this season.
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It’s been a tumultuous season for Irving and the Nets, as the eight-time All-Star was suspended eight games earlier in the season after sharing an anti-Semitic film on social media.
brooklyn and head coach Steve Nash agreed to separate just seven games into the 2022 regular season after a 2-5 start.
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Nash’s departure came after an offseason in which the star Kevin Durant demanded an exchange before the two parties could reconcile their relationship.
After the slow start, Brooklyn has played wellwinning 12 straight games from December through early January.
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The Nets currently sit at 31-20 and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Irving opted out of the final year of his four-year contract in the summer, but the two sides have been unable to reach a new agreement and the trade request was submitted Friday, according to ESPN.