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“Kyrie is planning to go to Los Angeles” — Stephen A. Smith strongly suggests the Brooklyn Nets star duo will break up after this season

Is this season the last hurrah for the Durant-Irving combo? Stephen A. Smith certainly thinks so
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving

Stephen A Smith, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets have just navigated through a rough offseason in which they saw Kevin Durant request a trade and Kyrie Irving explore sign-and-trade offers with various teams.

Durant and Irving are still in Brooklyn, and the organization seems intent on making it work with the two stars. However, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith appears convinced that this is their last season together and that Irving will be heading west next year.

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Will Irving get what he reportedly wants?

During Irving's impasse with the Nets this offseason, reports that the seven-time All-Star wanted to play with the Los Angeles Lakers kept making rounds. If that is true, he could still form a reunion with former teammate LeBron James in 2023 as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

When the two former No. 1 picks played together as members of the Cleveland Cavaliers, they won a championship and made three consecutive trips to the Finals. It makes sense then that Lakers fans are salivating at the possibility of seeing Irving in the Purple and Gold.

What about Durant?

Unlike Irving, though, Durant is under contract with the Nets until the end of the 2025-26 campaign. The former MVP would have less freedom in choosing his preferred destination if Irving does leave the franchise and he also decides he wants out.

Of course, Smith's statement should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, not all of his reports have proven to be accurate. Things could also turn for the better for the embattled organization if it wins the title this season. 

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