NBA free agency is just a few weeks away and teams are already starting to prepare, the Brooklyn Nets are no exception. With word that Kyrie Irving is interested in signing with the team, the they’re already making moves in order to make that happen.
On Thursday they traded Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks to the Hawks for Taurean Prince. The move was the first step in what could be an attempt to clear enough cap space for two max-contract players this summer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving is serious about signing with the Nets and the team is hopeful that he will bring another top free agent with him.
That’s the reason Brooklyn is making moves to clear up to max slots. They want Kyrie to bring a friend when he signs, Kevin Durant.
Via Dime Magazine:
“Brooklyn will hope that Kyrie Irving would be the Pied Piper to go recruit another star free agent, namely Kevin Durant, to join him in Brooklyn, but it takes a level of confidence three weeks out from free agency to give up two first-round picks to clear the cap space you need to have two max slots,” Wojnarowski said. “But Kyrie Irving is that target, and there is no question, I’m told, that Kyrie Irving has a serious interest in the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.”
You would hope that Brooklyn has gotten some sort of heads up from Kyrie Irving before they make too many moves. Even if they did it’s quite possible that he changes his mind and decides to sign with the Knicks.
NBA free agency can turn into a risky business real quick.
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