NBA Rumors: Nets having 'internal debate' about signing Kyrie Irving

NBA Rumors: Nets having 'internal debate' about signing Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving reportedly has signaled he's leaving the Boston Celtics in free agency, with an apparent desire to join the Brooklyn Nets.

But is that feeling mutual?

The Nets are still interested in signing both Irving and Kevin Durant this offseason, the New York Post's Brian Lewis reported Wednesday night. Lewis then added this:

The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.

Durant, who can decline his player option with the Golden State Warriors and enter free agency this summer, is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury. That changes everything for teams like Brooklyn and the New York Knicks that had dreams of Irving and Durant playing together next season.

Lewis suggested the Nets are at least somewhat wary how things played out with Irving in Boston this season, adding that "other teams had already backed off of pursuing Irving with similar concerns over the way things went awry in Boston."

Brooklyn also currently has an All-Star point guard in 23-year-old D'Angelo Russell, whom Lewis notes is a "younger and cheaper option" than Irving. Russell also told Lewis he wants to be "a Net for life."

Irving is a 27-year-old superstar in his prime, and even if the Nets can't land Durant, it's hard to believe they'd pass on signing a player of his caliber. But Lewis' report coupled with Adrian Wojnarowski's similar suggestion Wednesday on ESPN hints that Irving-to-Brooklyn isn't a slam dunk yet.

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Celtics' Marcus Smart participates in peaceful protest in Boston

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Celtics' Marcus Smart participates in peaceful protest in Boston

Just as his Boston Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown did Saturday in Atlanta, Marcus Smart participated in a peaceful protest Sunday in Boston in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The C's guard was joined by teammate Vincent Poirier and countless others to protest the racial injustices that remain prevalent in the United States of America. Smart talked to NBC Sports Boston's Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely and delivered a message capturing why he and so many others are letting their voices be heard.

"We wanted to come out here and let our voice be heard because we stand for the truth, and we stand for justice," Smart told Blakely. "And we won't stop until we get justice. That's really what this is about.

"I just want to say to everyone who thinks this is something more than it is, it's not. Despite color and gender, the truth is the truth, justice is justice, and justice hasn't been served. And people are pissed off about it, so we're here to keep George Floyd's name alive and keep it going and his legacy. Something has to change, and we're here to try to make a change."

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Smart also tweeted out the following message on Sunday:

Smart, Brown, Poirier, and the other high-profile individuals using their platform to peacefully send their message deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their leadership. There's no doubt they're making the Celtics, the city of Boston, and the rest of the country proud.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

BOSTON -- The death of George Floyd in Minnesota after ex-police officer Derek Chauvin planted his knee firmly on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds, has brought many throughout the country to protest the rising number of police brutality-related incidents. 

You can count Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown among them. 

Brown was in Atlanta on Saturday participating in a peaceful protest and explained why through his IG Live account why he made the 15-hour drive to be there. 

“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from those conversations, at all,” Brown said. “First and foremost I’m a black man and I am a member of this community and I grew up on this soil. So, I want to say that first and foremost.”

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Brown was among those in Atlanta walking the streets with signage, making a statement in an undeniably peaceful manner which was in contrast to what was happening in other major cities across America. 

“It’s a peaceful protest; we’re walking, that’s it,” he said. “Raising awareness to some of the injustices we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK. As a young person, you have to listen to our perspective; our voices need to be heard.

Brown added, “I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all the answers. But I feel like how everybody else is feeling, for sure.”