When the offseason kicked off with Ben Simmons requesting a trade from the Sixers, many have suggested an easy solution that included sending the three-time All-Star guard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the veteran guard Kyrie Irving.
As expected, the idea of trading Irving away to anybody was immediately shot down as Brooklyn’s superstar forward Kevin Durant doesn’t want to see his friend get shipped off somewhere else as he joined the Nets along with Irving years back.
“One thing is for sure – at least for now. While an Irving trade for Ben Simmons with Philadelphia is seen by some as an easy solution to both teams’ problems, sources with knowledge of the 76ers’ view said there is no interest in Irving at the moment. From management on down, it seems there is an unsurprising level of skepticism about that pairing working out any better than the Joel Embiid-Simmons duo that is zombified at the moment.”
From a basketball standpoint, Irving would make sense for the Sixers. If Brooklyn’s willing to put Irving on the table, it might be something the Sixers could consider later on down the road, but right now, they don’t have any interest in potentially taking on the 29-year-old guard.