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Mavericks and Sixers deny interest in Kyrie Irving

At times like the present, it becomes obvious that most leaks are totally self-serving to satisfy the wishes of both parties. That’s why the winds change so quickly on the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant situation. Even before accepting his $36 million player option with the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers seemed like the only franchise interested in acquiring Irving. However, certain wheels of rumors have appeared that placed him in Dallas or Philadelphia. Which have been ruled out by sources close to both franchises as points Jake Fischer in Bleacher Report.

This again leaves the Lakers as the only likely destination at this point. In fact, it’s more or less clear that Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook will leave Los Angeles along with future draft picks to make room for Irving. The logical thing is to think that only Kevin Durant prevents this movement and that it will only happen when the situation with the small forward is resolved.

This doesn’t mean Westbrook is going to end up with the Nets. That would be up to $50 million in luxury tax if Brooklyn substitutes Irving’s salary for Russ’s $47 million. Surely the transfer will end up being resolved with the entry of a third franchise or, who knows, being part of the Durant operation in some way.

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