Kyrie Irving
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The Brooklyn Nets and superstar point guard Kyrie Irving and reportedly close to a done deal, per beat writer Anthony Puccio. 

Good news, Brooklyn Nets fans: you’re that much closer to acquiring the hometown superstar point guard.

According to Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily, Brooklyn is reportedly very close to a done deal with Kyrie Irving. Last week, reports came out that Irving was preparing to sign with the Nets, but now it seems it’ll be official once the NBA Free Agency period opens up on June 30.

Puccio writes “Multiple Nets players and members of the staff tell NetsDaily they believe they’ll be playing with Irving this upcoming season … and not D’Angelo Russell. There’s belief within the organization that Kyrie is nearly a “done deal” and if that’s the case, Russell is unlikely to return.”

Yes, sadly for Russell, his time is nearly up in Brooklyn. If the Nets do sign Irving, it would likely be that the team and Russell would part ways. Russell is a reliable point guard who did make the NBA All-Star team this past year and was a big reason why the Nets clinched a playoff berth.

However, this is Kyrie Irving. And if you can eventually pair Irving with Kevin Durant (once he becomes healthy again), the Nets could turn into a championship caliber-type roster.

If the Nets don’t sign Durant, they could look at signing Tobias Harris or even Kristaps Porzingis. They have cap room for two max free agents this Summer, so they could definitely boost their chances of becoming a contender in the Eastern Conference in a matter of weeks.

Through 67 games for the Boston Celtics this past season, Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists on 48.7% shooting and 40.1% from behind the arc. If he does officially sign, he’s expected to come into Brooklyn and be the superstar point guard that he was for years in both Cleveland and Boston.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.