The Brooklyn Nets envisioned four years of winning when they signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last NBA offseason. They lost one year to injury and here in year two, Irving has missed time because of unexplained personal reasons. Could a team like the New Orleans Pelicans try to pursue a trade for him?
The Nets are a team that is ready to compete. And they only got stronger with the addition of James Harden. Kevin Durant is off to a red-hot start averaging 29.4 points per game. Irving is dominant when on the floor but he has not played in the last five games.
All three players will have to sacrifice moving forward. First-year head coach Steve Nash has his hands full but he has been giving an NBA All-Star team that is hoping to win right away. This blockbuster trade also puts the franchise in a position to make another if they feel the need.
This means Irving could be on his way out. A team that could be a possible trade partner could be the New Orleans Pelicans. They have been rebuilding their roster to get younger up to this point. Jrue Holiday was sent to the Milwaukee Bucks during the offseason.
New Orleans signed Brandon Ingram to a long-term extension and this setup the core along with Zion Williamson. Irving is a player who could speed up the process and bring some winning experience to the team.
This would set up a bit of a big three in New Orleans. Here is what it could look like if Kyrie Irving was sent to the Pelicans.