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NBA Trade Rumors: Nets, Blazers should trade Kyrie Irving for Damian Lillard

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The Brooklyn Nets appear to be done with Kyrie Irving. Like ready for a breakup over an ex done.

After all, the Nets have told Irving to not report to the team because he can not play in any of the 41 home games for the Nets because of Irving’s refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Irving has said that he’s not getting it to stand up for those who haven’t gotten it and have lost jobs over it. While that’s commendable and all, the Brooklyn Nets still have a franchise to run and a championship to try and win.

So if the Nets are done with Irving, and aren’t looking to extend his contract like reports have said, what do they do? Since Irving isn’t retiring like some had thought, this is the gateway for Nets GM Sean Marks to trade him.

Here’s a trade package to offer to the Portland Trail Blazers.

It would be very hard to pry Damian Lillard away from the Blazers, but a package involving Irving and two first round picks would have to be enough for Portland to consider it.

It would also allow for Lillard to strengthen a team that’s ready to win now in Brooklyn and play alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden.

Portland would get the chance to rebuild a bit, and having a bonafide superstar like Kyrie Irving doesn’t hurt. Plus he’d have the chance to play in a place where the vaccine isn’t mandated like it is in New York or California.

Having Irving in Portland would mean he’d be able to play for all 41 home games and the majority of road games that aren’t in New York or California.

This is Brooklyn’s chance to get rid of an issue in Irving and get better at the same time.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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