Kyrie Irving's Trade Value "Virtually Zero": NBA Insider

His sometimes odd and erratic behavior and statements often get in the way of the fact that Kyrie Irving is a very very good basketball player. When he puts his mind to it. 

But it seems that there are many around the league wondering right now, just where Kyrie's mind really is. 

Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Chris Mannix said on The Crossover NBA podcast, "I was asking around a couple of teams just for their opinion on the trade value of Kyrie Irving—It's virtually zero."

"He makes $35 million this year, and he's as unpredictable as you can get. So why would you give up anything of value?"

If Irving maintains his refusal to get the vaccine, he will miss all 41 of the Brooklyn Nets' home games due to the New York City mandate that only fully vaccinated people can enter large indoor venue events. 

According to Bobby Marks, unvaccinated players will also be separated from vaccinated players in the locker room and the weight room, as well as being banned from dining with their vaxxed teammates. 

Mannix' podcast partner Howard Beck added "That's terrible for chemistry... If you walk into that locker room every day as the guy who is not available for half the games... That will breed resentment.

"Given the injury history of Kevin Durant—he only played half the season last year, folks—they will need Kyrie Irving at some point...potentially a lot."

The Nets are a team with championship-or-bust aspirations this season. Mannix sums it up: "The Nets have just got be crossing their fingers right now and hoping Durant and whoever else has influence over Kyrie in that organization gets through to him before October 8th."

At least one report suggests that KD will have that kind of influence.

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