Miami Heat Rumors: Nets Braced For Exodus Of Kyrie Irving And Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (L) sits next to guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Miami Heat(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (L) sits next to guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Miami Heat(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

With the Miami Heat coming up just short of a chance at a title this past season, they are surely looking to retool and make another run at it. While all things are always on the table for Pat Riley and the rest of the mad scientists over there in the Heat’s front office, it’s easier when the options just begin to jump right out at you.

While there are likely to be more than a few that emerge in the coming days of the NBA offseason, dominos are already beginning to fall elsewhere in the Eastern Conference. As heavily reported upon in recent days, the Brooklyn Nets find themselves in the middle of all the turmoil.

With their relationship with Kyrie Irving on the outs, it seems, that has reportedly left Kevin Durant in a mercurial position as well. Well, that saga continues to thicken.

Here is the latest on the situation, per Bleacher Report but emanating from reporting by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

As if all of the initial reporting hasn’t been bad enough for a Brooklyn Nets situation that went from bad to worse this year.

The Miami Heat can sit back and wait to pounce on the Brooklyn Nets’ misfortune. Things seem to be heading toward a demise.

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It saw Kyrie Irving miss a chunk of games, then being allowed to play at home later in the year, and all before being swept by the Boston Celtics in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, they are now preparing to lose both Irving and Durant.

If that were to happen, they would go from being one of the favorites to win it all this past year, featuring two top 10 guys in the league, to a team searching all in the matter of a year. Now, they do still have Ben Simmons in tow and waiting, however, it’s easy to forget that because you haven’t seen him play.

As far as the Nets, themselves, go, they are seeming to draw a line in the sand. Having to remodify it all out from the ground up, sort of, is a better approach to them than having to deal with the unpredictability of a situation like this past year again.

The Miami Heat are probably thrilled to see these reports. Though they are reportedly not in on Kyrie Irving right now, they would surely be interested in Kevin Durant if he becomes available.

There is that, but then there is also the dismantling of it all from a competition perspective. Though they couldn’t figure it out this year, Irving and Durant are still two of the best individual talents the league has ever seen, so having them as a tandem along with whatever else Brooklyn could have added (or actually gotten production from in Simmons’ case) out of the picture definitely isn’t the worst thing for the Miami Heat.

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Godfather Move may, indeed, be in store for the Miami Heat though. Buckle up!