Inside Kyrie Irving’s Trade Negotiations: Why the Mavericks Beat the Lakers, Suns, and Other Offers

When Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, a league-altering domino fell and shook the market, sending shockwaves across the league and starting an arms race. That could cause many league teams to look for that one game-changing piece that could put them at the top of the title contenders against each other. Once Irving’s trade request became known, the Nets had a few serious suitors, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Clippers. After receiving a string of offers, from…

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As for the extremely hot Phoenix Suns, they may not get any bigger than this week

DETROIT – This is an important week for the Phoenix Suns. do it huge. For several months, three factors hung over this organization, making it impossible to predict in which direction the sun would turn. Can they overcome an injury-plagued first half and set themselves up for a strong seed for the postseason? Or will this turn into a lost season, another sign of the championship window closing? First issue: Property. Since mortgage manager Matt Ichpeia agreed in principle to buy a majority stake in the Suns and Phoenix Mercury…

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Kyrie Irving makes sense for the Suns on the field, but not off it

Some executives around the NBA have been wondering this week if the upcoming trade deadline will be quiet. However, as someone warned, all it takes to turn things around is one team willing to blow it up and start a domino effect across the league. In this case, it would probably be a single player. In a decision that could have a significant impact not only on the Brooklyn Nets, but on the entire league, Kyrie Irving has requested a deal from the organization, according to a the athleteThe Sharanian…

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The escalating attack of the Birds of Prey brings them down to the costly half in Phoenix

PHOENIX – The Raptors’ offense should have been the thing that has sunk them this season. There isn’t a lot of natural flow to it because there aren’t a lot of trigger-happy decision makers around. All five members of the regular starting line-up love to dribble and sweep. While Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes are all gifted passers, none of them are natural conductors in such a way that they get the ball flying around the ground. This was true through most of the first half of the…

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NBA Trade Deadline: What Shams Hears About Jacob Boltel, John Collins, Fred VanVleet & More

There’s less than a month left before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, and with team executives ramping up conversations, notable names for this year’s market are starting to emerge. John Collins of Atlanta and Jay Crowder of Phoenix remain on the trading block, and discussions surrounding both are expected to continue to heat up in the coming days. However, one organization emerges at each deadline as the main focus of the entire NBA. This season, it could be San Antonio. Spurs center Jacob Boltel has gained significant commercial interest…

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Aldridge: Is there a Summer of 2023 deal for LeBron James that makes sense? The art of the possible

The following is a thought exercise. Not only is it academic, but also it is, for this NBA season anyway, legally impossible. The 2022-23 trade deadline is Feb. 9. LeBron James signed his two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers in mid-August of last year. Under the NBA’s rules, he can’t be traded until at least six months after he signed. That date would be Feb. 14, 2023 – five days after this year’s trade deadline. So he’s not going anywhere this season. But James has made clear his issues…

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Hollinger’s Showcase notebook: Suns’ $4 billion sale renews NBA expansion buzz

LAS VEGAS — Usually the G League Winter Showcase marks a beginning point for a big chunk of the NBA’s trade conversations. Even in our networked/texting/Zooming world, face time matters. Nearly every exec in the league spends at least a day here hobnobbing. Front office members and staffers see each other at the two courts where the event is held, and perhaps at the bar at the end of a long day, too, since virtually everyone is in the same hotel. Relaxed without the prying eyes of fans around, they…

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NBA Style Rankings: Letterman jackets, fur coats, and extra fashion risks

We’re officially two months into the NBA season, and we’re seeing regular faces in the style rankings but also getting a steady dose of newcomers each week. Style around the league has never been more promoted by individual teams, players, and accounts dedicated to NBA fashion. This past week in particular was a great mix of chic outfits, as well as more casual and laid back looks. Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s rankings: Cleaning @tweet pic.twitter.com/SCLUB425Cq – GQSports December 6, 2022 Booker went with a loose, relaxed,…

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The Suns find themselves in disarray – and no longer at the top of the Western Conference

PHOENIX – This season, the Al Shams have ridden through adversity, overcoming health hurdles and long absences. They’ve remained atop the Western Conference most of the way. After missing 14 games with a right heel injury, Chris Paul returned Wednesday night. Asked before the game what he might expect from his veteran striker, coach Monty Williams said it was hard to say. The last time Paul played – November 7 – seemed like a long time ago. Forward Cam Johnson, among the best shooters in the NBA, has been out…

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Devin Booker unplugged: On Suns’ offseason, haters, motivation and MVP race he’s ‘not even in’

Can you have an MVP performance in late November? The rational mind says yes, even if the recency-bias tendency is a real phenomenon among voters. But all 82 games should play a part in the evaluation, no matter when they take place on the calendar. Some are bigger because of the stakes, the opponent, or some other circumstance that might brighten the spotlight (e.g. the sensational Steph v. Luka showdown on Tuesday night on the TNT stage). And some, such as the masterpiece Devin Booker turned in against Sacramento on…

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