Hours After Kyrie Irving Trade, Mayhem Doesn’t Stop in Brooklyn as Unearthed Reports of Kevin Durant Friction With $177 Million Star Stun NBA World

Published 02/06/2023, 12:00 AM EST

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Kyrie Irving has founded a new home in Dallas after the Brooklyn Nets and the Dallas Mavericks reportedly came to a trade agreement. While it definitely is exciting news for Mavericks fans, one team that took a huge hit was the Los Angeles Lakers, since they were the rumored favorites to land the star guard. However, in this whole saga, few have stopped to think, where does this leave the Brooklyn Nets? With no Kyrie Irving anymore, all the offensive pressure arguably lands solely on the shoulders of Kevin Durant, who has not been pleased with his teammates of late.

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After Irving’s departure, the next big name on the Nets squad is Ben Simmons. The 6’10″ point guard is a three-time All-Star and won the Rookie of the Year award as well. The problem that arises is, Kevin Durant has seemingly not been happy with the Australian.

Kevin Durant is unhappy with Ben Simmons

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According to Brooklyn Nets and NBA reporter Kristian Winfield, Kevin Durant has been less than enthralled’ with Ben Simmons. This surely is concerning news for Nets fans, given the fact that Simmons and KD are the only two All-Stars left on the team. 

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Fans have started speculating as to why Durant has not been happy with Simmons recently, and it seems all the roads point back to ‘Big Ben’s’ play on the court.

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One fan tweeted, “He knows that boy trash.”

Here are a few more reactions from NBA Twitter:

 

Many fans in the comments section agreed with how Durant felt. While others suggested that KD should take his talents elsewhere as well.

The fallout of the Kyrie Irving trade

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With whatever star power is left in Brooklyn, the real question that arises is, do the Brooklyn Nets have enough fuel in their tank to make a deep playoff run?

There has never been any doubt regarding Kevin Durant and his skills on the floor. The 13-time All-Star can single-handedly help his team win games. However, even the ‘Slim Reaper’ can’t take all the offensive load on himself every given night.

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If Ben Simmons can ramp up his game on the offensive end, the future in Brooklyn may not seem so dark. 

What do you think Kevin Durant should do now that Kyrie Irving has left Brooklyn? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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