The Brooklyn Nets recently made the difficult decision to hold NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving out of their games for the foreseeable future. Brooklyn will not have him play in games until he can become a full-time player, something that likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Irving has decided to not get the COVID-19 vaccination, which means he is ineligible to play in New York City. Their mandate, which is similar to the one in San Francisco and Los Angeles that impacts the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks, states you need to be vaccinated to be at indoor events.
As long as Irving remains unvaccinated, he is ineligible to play in Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. Not looking to deal with the circus of Irving being halfway in, the Nets decided he would remain away from the team until he is eligible full-time.
With Irving now on the sidelines, trade chatter began popping up involving Irving. The Brooklyn Nets are at least now open to listening to trade offers, as they need to replace a big piece of their puzzle when it comes to competing for a championship.
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Plenty of teams would like to have the talent of Irving on their roster, but he brings a lot of baggage with him. He is a risk because of his unvaccinated status given the health and safety protocols the league has. It has also been said that Irving would simply just retire instead of accepting a trade elsewhere.
Irving has virtually zero trade value, but there would likely be teams desperate enough for an infusion of talent to take a shot on him. Here are two of the best and two of the worst landing spots for Irving at the start of the season.