Kyrie Irving
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All signs seem to point to Kyrie Irving taking up residence in New York City, but for the up-and-coming Brooklyn Nets.

As the pool of potential max free agents shrinks, Kyrie Irving remains one of the most intriguing players on the market. The Brooklyn Nets are going to be one of the most aggressive teams in free agency and there’s growing speculation that Irving to Brooklyn is almost a done deal.

“According to a source with ties to Roc Nation, the organization expected to become Irving’s new representative, the All-Star point guard is prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets when he becomes a free agent next month,” Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald wrote. “A separate league source told the Herald that his team (not the Celtics) has received the same information and is operating under the belief that Irving wants to join the Nets.”

The fact that superstar free agents want to sign with Brooklyn shouldn’t be overlooked. However, Irving alone won’t be able to win a championship with the Nets. He’ll need another high-powered star to truly push Brooklyn from being a fun team to watch on League Pass to a bonafide title contender.

The Nets seem open to pairing Irving and D’Angelo Russell in the backcourt. But that combination, while talented, has defensive flaws that could be fatal.

To make matters even more confusing, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson‘s potentially career-altering injuries could have a major impact on free agency this summer. The dream for Brooklyn was always to have Durant and Irving headline a team filled with invaluable role players like Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen.

The future in Brooklyn remains unclear, even if Irving is deadset on taking his talents to Bushwick.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.