NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving To Philadelphia For Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris & 2029 First-Round Pick In Proposed Sixers-Nets Deal

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA superstars who are looking for a change in scenery this summer. Irving may have initially expressed his desire to stay with the Nets and help them end their title drought, but things started to change after they refused to give him a maximum contract extension. Though he recently decided to opt into the final year of his contract, the seven-time NBA All-Star is still determined to start a new journey somewhere else.

Kyrie Irving To Philadelphia 76ers

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One of the teams that are rumored to be on Irving's list of preferred landing spots is the Philadelphia 76ers. In a recent article, James Piercey of NBA Analysis Network came up with a hypothetical blockbuster trade idea that would enable Irving to join forces with Joel Embiid and James Harden in the City of Brotherly Love. In the proposed trade scenario, the Sixers would be sending a trade package that includes Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, and a 2029 first-round pick to the Nets in exchange for Irving.

Will James Harden Welcome Kyrie Irving In Philly?

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When Harden demanded a trade from the Nets before the 2022 NBA trade deadline, rumors were circulating that one of the major reasons behind his desire to leave Brooklyn was his poor relationship with Irving. However, Austin Krell of The Painted Lines denied the reports, saying that there's really no bad blood existing between Irving and Harden.

"Sources familiar with the dynamic in Brooklyn indicate that the perception that Harden and Irving didn’t get along is overstated," Krell said. "One source described Irving and Harden as 'acquaintances.' Multiple sources dismissed the notion that there is bad blood between the two guards."

Kyrie Irving Boosts Sixers' Offense

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Despite his off-court issues, Irving would be an incredible addition to the Sixers. His potential arrival in Philadelphia would significantly improve their offense and enable them to form their own "Big Three" with Harden and Embiid in the 2022-23 NBA season. Irving would give the Sixers another prolific scorer, an incredible playmaker, and an elite three-point shooter.

Last season, Irving averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from beyond the arc. It will still take time for Irving, Harden, and Embiid to mesh well on the court but once they find the perfect chemistry, it would undoubtedly strengthen the Sixers' chances of winning the NBA championship title next season.

Why The Trade Makes Sense For Sixers

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Though they would be taking Harris' massive salary in return, the proposed blockbuster deal would still be a no-brainer for the Nets. Instead of keeping a disgruntled superstar and taking the risk of losing him in the 2023 NBA free agency without getting anything in return, the suggested trade would enable the Nets to add a young and promising guard in Maxey and a future first-round pick.

The Nets may not be thrilled to have Harris on their roster but if they could help him regain his All-Star form, he could become a valuable trade asset for the team before the 2023 NBA trade deadline.