Kyrie Irving looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It could also signal a major shift in the power of the league. But their focus has been pairing Durant with Irving, and they aren't believed to have any meeting slated with Leonard - who is expected to meet with the Clippers, Lakers, Knicks and Raptors. However, according to Woj and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Durant and Kawhi Leonard have discussed playing together. They became echoing upon Irving's trying second season in Boston, and seemed inevitable upon Irving's Instagram-heavy return to NY following the conclusion of a disappointing C's season that ended in the second round. His time with the Nets melded him into an NBA All-Star. Woj reports that the two sides are motivated to come to terms on a four-year deal that will give Irving a hefty $141 million, the same deal that Boston will give Walker.
With D'Angelo Russell's Brooklyn Nets future looking increasingly murky, the guard is starting to set up meetings with other teams.
The move isn't without fallout though.
The Nets will be willing to work with Russell and his reps on ways to get him to a team of his choice, including sign-and-trade scenarios, league sources said. That will open up a second max slot, for Durant or another target.
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US players were asked it if would be a distraction heading into the biggest game of the World Cup, but clearly it wasn't. She even suggested the uproar might help her team. "It did live up to expectations". "Will this happen? I don't know".
Russell was drafted by the Lakers in 2015 and then was traded in 2017 after the Lakers secured the No. 2 pick, which turned out to be Lonzo Ball. Russell led Nets to the playoffs this past season.
NY also has strong interest in Terry Rozier, but the club has competition.
While the Knicks wants the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to play for them, it is very hard to convince them both. Irving is definitely a talent upgrade from Russell.