This just in Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving has requested a trade.
Irving has told the Nets that he desires to be traded at the trade deadline Feb. 9, or he will leave in free agency.
There was talks of a new deal for Irving, but no deal has been reached, which has led to his trade request on Friday.
The news follows a tumultuous year for Irving who was suspended eight games for posting a link to on social media of a book and movie that included antisemitic themes.
The Nets entered play on Friday with an overall record of 31-20 in the Eastern Conference, which is good for fourth in the playoff race. Brooklyn has lost seven of their last 11 since Kevin Durant went down with a MCL sprain.
To date, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
There were some talks on a new deal for Irving, but no deal was reached and a trade request was delivered to the organization today, sources tell ESPN. Irving can leave the franchise this summer as a free agent. https://t.co/vnNWbUW56S— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2023
"The Nets offered Kyrie Irving a contract extension that had some stipulations in it.. I'm told that his side was vehemently against any stipulations in an extension"@ShamsCharania dives into Kyrie Irving's trade request #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/xBVFmM1jHA— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 3, 2023