Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Kyrie Irving Signs With Nets On Four-Year, $142 Million Deal
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Despite making four consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals — complete with a historic comeback and championship in 2016 — Kyrie Irving sought to get out from underneath LeBron James’ shadow and demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was dealt to the Boston Celtics in a trade that was expected to shift the landscape of the Eastern Conference for years to come.

However, Irving battled injuries in his first season with the Celtics and in April 2018 was ruled out for the remainder of the year and playoffs because of a procedure to remove two screws inserted in his left patella after a patellar fracture suffered during the 2015 NBA Finals.

Irving returned in good health this past season but he and the Celtics struggled to adjust to one another. All the while, Irving’s pending free agency continued to bubble under the surface and at times led to combative moments.

There were several signs indicating Irving was poised to join the Brooklyn Nets, he has agreed to sign a four-year, $142 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Upon being traded to the Celtics, Irving’s early comments suggested he remained committed to the franchise beyond his contract that expired with the conclusion of the 2018-19 NBA season. However, Irving began to grow testier when pressed on the matter.

That led to reports of his interest in the Nets and New York Knicks, potentially to join forces with Kevin Durant.

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly had interest in reuniting Irving and James, particularly after trading for Anthony Davis and following that up by clearing enough salary cap space to sign a free agent to a max contract.

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: L.A. Looking To Add Another Big Man In NBA Free Agency

Prior to free agency, Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka made clear the franchise’s plan to retain core players…

NBA Rumors: Mask-Wearing Rules Tightened Amid Pandemic

The NBA — much like every other major sports league — has struggled to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Eyeing Magic Wing Terrence Ross

The NBA trade deadline is mere hours away and the rumors are running rampant. The Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned…

Lakers Rumors: Lonzo Ball To Remain In Starting Lineup Vs. Spurs When Rajon Rondo Returns From 3-Game Suspension

To begin the 2018-19 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke…