Duke basketball: Kyrie Irving saga takes another unexpected turn

Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The saga involving Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving is never ending. 

Drama and storylines never cease to stop surrounding former Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving.

After weeks of staying out of the headlines, the former Blue Devil surprisingly requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Friday afternoon.

Irving had been rumored to be seeking a trade in the offseason, along with Nets superstar Kevin Durant, but with teams unwillingly to give Irving a maximum contract extension the 30-year old elected to remain with Brooklyn.

The contract extension seems to, once again, be the reason that Irving is looking to move on from the Nets after the organization does not want to give the unreliable All-Star a maximum deal.

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Kyrie Irving will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Reports have surfaced that the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks are teams that would be interested in trading for the former No.1 overall pick, who could be making his way to the fourth team of his career.

Irving was rumored to be interested in joining the Lakers and former teammate LeBron James last summer.

Former Duke basketball star looking for quick resolution

The NBA Trading Deadline is Thursday, February 9 and Irving, who was named as an All-Star starter this season, is averaging 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.

Brooklyn is slated to play the Washington Wizards on Saturday, February 4 as Irving’s status for the game remains unknown although he played in the Nets’ embarrassing 139-96 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

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Kevin Durant has not played for the Brooklyn Nets since January 8 with an MCL sprain and is hoping to be back on the court for NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 19.

Including Saturday night the Nets play three more games — all at home — until the trade deadline and the franchise also plays on February 9 at home against the Chicago Bulls.

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