Nets’ Kyrie Irving out against Wizards with injury the day after All-Star requests trade

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Kyrie Irving will not be on the court with him Networks Saturday night while Brooklyn takes on the Washington Wizards.

Irving was listed by the team as out with a sore right calf on Saturday afternoon.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving dribbles during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 30, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets won 121-104.
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The news comes a day later. Irving informed the organization he would like to be traded before the NBA’s trade deadline of February 9 or will leave when he becomes a free agent this summer.

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Irving has had a fantastic year with the Nets, averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game while being selected for his eighth all-star game.

After starting the year 2-5, Brooklyn won 16 of 18 games from November 27 to January 4.

They currently sit at 31-20 and fourth in the Eastern Conference while they wait The return of Kevin Durant of a skewed MCL.

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But now it looks like the Nets will enter the second half of the season without the second of their two stars after Irving’s trade suit.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets poses before the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 30, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets poses before the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 30, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The trade request came after Irving and the Nets failed to reach a contract extension. Irving is reportedly looking at somewhere in the area of ​​four years, $198.5 million, according to ESPN.

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The Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have been mentioned as possible destinations for Irving.

Irving’s request is just the latest in a drama-filled year for the Nets.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter of a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on January 28, 2023 in New York City.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter of a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on January 28, 2023 in New York City.
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During the offseason, Durant demanded a trade before the two parties could reconcile their relationship.

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Only seven games into the season, head coach Steve Nash and the organization they parted ways, handing over the reins to Jacque Vaughn.

Ben Simmons will also miss his fourth straight game with knee pain on Saturday.

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