The NBA world has been stunned by the trade request of Kyrie Irving. Rumors will begin to circulate as to where the former NBA-champion could be traded to. Here are three potential options:
Kyrie Irving to the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry & Tyler Herro
The Miami Heat are a very good basketball team. I think some people forget they were the number one seed next year. While they did get off to a slow start this year, Miami has seemly rounded back into form as of late.
The Heat could build a trade package around Tyler Herro and potentially include veteran point guard Kyle Lowry as well. The Nets could send a player like Joe Harris to the Heat to make the money work in the deal.
I like this trade for both sides. The Nets can still compete with Durant, Simmons, Herro and Lowry and The Heat finally get their big three.
Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Christian Wood, Spencer Dinwiddie & A First Round Pick
The Dallas Mavericks need another star. Kyrie Irving, despite all his flaws, is a star. With Irving operating as the secondary ball handler for Dallas, they could compete for a final’s appearance in a wide-open Western Conference this season.
The Nets would benefit from this deal greatly as well. Dinwiddie and Wood would be inserted into the Brooklyn starting five, giving the Nets two quality starters. The first-round pick would be compensation, as Christian Wood is a free agent after this year.
Irving to the Charlottle Hornets for Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, P.J. Washington & A Future First Round Pick
This one is a little out there, but hear me out. The Charlotte Hornets need more. They have a generational talent in LaMelo Ball, but no other building blocks around him. Kelly Oubre is an unrestricted free agent who will likely demand a lot of money this summer. P.J. Washington is a restricted free agent who will cost a pretty-penny to retain as well. Terry Rozier was extended by the Hornets last year and would likely be a building block for the Nets if they decide to keep Kevin Durant.
For Charlotte, you would have one of the best back courts in the NBA, with the veteran Irving operating as a secondary ball-handler. If I’m Charlotte there is no way I’m giving up my first this year, so you can assume the Hornets will add another core piece in the 2023 draft.
For the Nets they are getting three very good rotation players, two 0f which they can resign if they choose to. For the Hornets, you’re getting a second star and some much-needed excitement in the city of Charlotte.