Proposed Trade Dumps Kyrie Irving & Lands Nets $90 Million Sharpshooter

Kyrie Irving

Getty Nets star Kyrie Irving.

It’s no secret that Kyrie Irving’s time with the Brooklyn Nets has been very up and down.

When he’s on the floor he proves he’s still one of the best players in all of the NBA, but there’s never a guarantee he’ll be on the floor for a long time. Whether it’s injuries or ineligibility, Irving has missed a lot of games during his time in Brooklyn.

Perhaps as a way to capitalize on Kevin Durant’s shrinking championship window, the Nets could opt for a blockbuster deal that retools the roster on the fly. The Ringer’s Bill Simmons suggests just that and his hypothetical trade would have Irving being shipped to the Miami Heat in exchange for former NBA champion Kyle Lowry.

It might sound strange on paper, but Simmons does have an explanation.


Irving to Miami

Chicago Bulls

GettyKyle Lowry (R) and Duncan Robinson (Middle) could become Nets.

The Nets trading away Irving would be a tough pill to swallow considering they brought him in to play with Kevin Durant.

It can be argued that Irving wouldn’t miss games for non-basketball related issues if he played in Miami, and that’s what Simmons is hinting at while proposing a Kyle Lowry swap.

“How about Lowry and Duncan Robinson for Kyrie and Joe Harris,” he said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. “Kyrie in Heat culture? The sky is the limit.”

Throughout Pat Riley’s tenure with the Heat, there has been a shift in culture and players have been expected to play with a certain toughness and within a set of rules. While it might get mocked by fans, players do say it’s a real thing.

As for whether or not the Heat are willing to take on the challenge of coaching Irving, Simmons, perhaps in jest, says coach Eric Spoelstra would be on board.

“I think Spo would say I’m in,” Simmons said. “He’ll say, ‘We made it work for Jimmy. Let’s just get crazier.’”


Does It Make Sense?

Kyle Lowry

GettyKyle Lowry of the Miami Heat.

For the Heat, this trade could be worth rolling the dice on because Irving certainly seems like an upgrade over Lowry, especially at this stage in their careers. Both are former NBA champs, so both of them know what it takes to win a championship.

Duncan Robinson was out of the rotation for the Heat in the playoffs, and that’s a bitter pill to swallow for a player on a $90 million contract. Robinson is still a deadeye shooter, and with him on a lengthy contract and out of the rotation, the Heat could be looking to move him.

The Nets can certainly use some shooters, so this trade could make sense from that end. Of course, Irving for Robinson straight up would be a major headscratcher, and that’s where Lowry comes into play.

The 36-year-old is at the tailend of his career, and even Riley called out his conditioning, so he’ll need to get his wind back to be productive.

With the Nets he would have a big role still if he’s replacing Irving, so that’d be important for him to do. Losing Joe Harris would be a big blow, but if Robinson can replicate his production, and stay healthy, it could even prove to be a bonus.

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