Kyrie Irving Might Finally Be Traded From Brooklyn Nets as Unexpected Fact About Kevin Durant Revealed by NBA Insider

Published 06/22/2022, 2:18 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts to guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Pistons 130-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have reportedly reached an “impasse” in their contract negotiations and his future with the franchise remains uncertain. His teammate and Nets star Kevin Durant hasn’t yet given his opinion on this news. Durant and Irving are close friends and seemingly have great camaraderie in the locker room together. Both of them came to Brooklyn as a package deal three years back, in 2019.

But now, with this news getting percolated in every media outlet, the question is where does Kevin Durant stand on this issue. They had a dismal regular season rounded up by an embarrassing first-round playoff defeat to the Boston Celtics.

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Can Durant resolve the differences between Irving and the front office? Will he leave if Irving does the same? The latter is the dominant narrative among media personnel and experts.

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But, apparently, things are more nuanced than that according to journalist Nick Friedell who covered the Nets this year. He discussed the current situation and stated that the organization plans to sit down with Durant to understand his opinion and after that, will they decide on taking a firm step.

What is Kevin Durant thinking?

Friedell said, “At every turn publicly, [Kevin Durant] has been there to support [Kyrie Irving], to say we need Kyrie, to say Kyrie can win a title with me here in Brooklyn.”

He mentioned that when they will talk to Durant during the summer, they will want to know whether he is seeing what others are seeing in Kyrie. According to Friedell, the Nets may be annoyed with Irving because of how the season got sidetracked due to him. The reports stated that they could no longer trust Kyrie anymore.

Mar 15, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates during the second half with forward Kevin Durant (7) after scoring a career high 60 points against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

According to Friedell, Kevin Durant’s problem is that he wants to win and is devoted to his friend. However, despite being extremely close, the relationship isn’t always as tight as it seems.

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Durant’s opinion on Kyrie Irving matters

Other journalists like Kristian Winfield have said that Kevin Durant hasn’t spoken with the organization for several weeks. He has been taking his usual sabbatical and has been involved in Twitter jabs with NBA legend Charles Barkley. Notably, Kevin Durant has also been talking about his friend and former Brooklyn Nets teammate Mike James’ pursuit of a EuroLeague title.

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According to Friedell, if Durant wants to back Kyrie Irving, he will stay. However, if Durant has any mixed feelings about it, then the mercurial star might just leave as everything in the organization revolves around the two-time champion’s consent.

What do you think Kyrie Irving should do? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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