Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving is expected to sign with ROC Nation, furthering the speculation that he is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

Danny Small

Where Brooklyn at? There is a growing belief that Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets are destined to get together this summer. Most recently, the All-Star point guard’s expected partnering with ROC Nation Sports has some believing that Irving to Brooklyn is closer than we think.

The Brooklyn-ROC Nation connection is strong. The company was founded by Jay-Z, who was once a part-owner of the Nets. He had to give up his ownership stake in order to run his sports agency. Moreover, the president of ROC Nation, Michael Yormark, is the twin brother of Nets CEO Brett Yormark.

Admittedly, this is bordering on peak levels of free agent speculation insanity. It’s not quite at the level of tracking flights, real estate listings, and emoji usage. Reading the tea leaves in regards to Irving’s representation is a notch below that.

Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore these connections that could ultimately work in favor of the Nets.

More than any agency could, the Nets have turned themselves into an attractive destination by winning. Of course, a first-round exit in the Eastern Conference isn’t anything worth raising a banner over, but it showed that Brooklyn is trending in the right direction.

If the Nets do sign Irving, how they spend the rest of their cap space should be interesting. The possibility of pairing Irving and D’Angelo Russell is exciting but comes with inherent risks. There’s also the possibility of signing Kevin Durant to a redshirt year. Not to mention, heavily pursuing either Jimmy Butler or Tobias Harris as a second star is highly likely as well.

Whoever the Nets end up with after free agency, they should be right in the middle of the action.

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