Marc Stein: The Lakers and Mavericks are among the teams Brooklyn is expected to engage in Kyrie Irving trade talks as next Thursday’s 3 PM ET trade deadline approaches, league sources say. More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com – via Twitter TheSteinLine
Tim MacMahon: Mavs GM Nico Harrison, a former Nike executive, and coach Jason Kidd have longstanding relationships with Kyrie Irving. Dallas desperately needs co-star alongside Luka Doncic. Big questions: 1) How much are Mavs willing to give up? 2) Would they make long-term commitment? – via Twitter espn_macmahon
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting with @Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks have had previous interest on Kyrie Irving and are expected to explore idea with Nets ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Like most teams, the Mavericks have had had a reluctance to make significant offers of assets for Irving. – via Twitter wojespn
Chris Haynes: Phoenix is viewed as one of the few teams capable of facilitating a deal with Brooklyn that could keep both teams in championship pursuit. – via Twitter ChrisBHaynes
LeBron James posts criptic tweet amid Kyrie Irving trade speculation
Kyrie Irving hopes that a team will trade for him with intentions of signing him to an extension
Kyrie Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams, but his marketplace is small and it’s clear he’s hoping that a team will trade for him with intentions of signing him to an extension in the offseason. The Nets and Irving’s agent, Shetellia Riley-Irving, had discussed an extension recently, but Brooklyn remained reluctant to rush into a long-term commitment without further evidence that Irving could stay reliable, perform at a high level and remain controversy-free, sources said. – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN
Kevin Durant and team caught off guard by Kyrie Irving’s trade demand?
The bigger issue for Brooklyn becomes how All-NBA star Kevin Durant responds to Irving’s trade request, and if it causes him to re-think his future with the organization ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Numerous teams are far more interested in how that situation could play out than in trying to inquire on Irving. – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN
Kyrie Irving would not consider staying if offered max contract after Nets presented offer?
Chris Haynes: Kyrie Irving’s camp did not negotiate after Brooklyn Nets presented an offer that was tied to team winning a championship, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. Told the issue was not about money, and now it’s said he wouldn’t even stay if offered a full max contract. – via Twitter ChrisBHaynes