The Brooklyn Nets made a trade on Thursday, but it wasn't the trade itself that made waves across the league. It was the ripple effect it has on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes.
By trading Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and a protected first in 2020 to the Hawks for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick, the Nets can make room for two max slots.
Brooklyn can now create 2 max salary slots https://t.co/jHaC9Gyfc7— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 6, 2019
Evidently, this amplifies the Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors that have existed over the last month. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Irving is "serious" about signing with the Nets in free agency, and the Nets are "serious" about beating out the Knicks to sign the premier free agents.
Kyrie Irving is serious about the Nets -- and the Nets are serious about beating the Knicks -- and rest of league -- to the biggest free agents in the marketplace, per league sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019
We'll have to wait until the end of the month to find out just how serious the two sides are about uniting, but the Nets' trade makes it clear they won't be messing around once free agency begins on June 30.
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