Kyrie Irving looking to play alongside LeBron James, is the reason why Kevin Durant wants out of Brooklyn.
Superstars of an NBA team have never been as dynamic as they have been in the past 4-5 years. Thanks to Anthony Davis, maybe? He showed them how to leverage a trade even without hitting free agency, unlike his teammate LeBron James who can be called The King of free agency if nothing else.
Well, that’s what Kevin Durant will be doing now that he has requested a trade to the higher authorities in Brooklyn. No one will be surprised if he chooses to do it like AD, James Harden, or the most recent star, Ben Simmons.
In fact, the Nets will be surprised if they wouldn’t find a deal for their $194 million, four years contract-bound man in time, and he would show up to training camp and for the start of the 2022-23 season. That’s not how it works in the NBA these days, and KD, for one, can not be the man who would do that.
Kyrie Irving is undoubtedly not the one who would do that, which might be why his fellow teammate is leaving him even after he opted in for his final year of the contract. If Stephen A. Smith is to be believed, that’s THE reason why Durant wants out.
Kyrie Irving is telling around the league that he wants to play in the uniform Kobe Bryant once played
In a recent Sportscenter segment about KD’s trade request, the ESPN’s main started with how the face of the franchise failed to keep Kyrie in check and be a leader that would see success despite his off-court antics that was pretty much known when the point guard came to Brooklyn from Boston.
He went on to say that the 2x Finals MVP is now in a tough spot with Irving making a buzz around the league that he will be in LA at the end of the year and wear the Purple and Gold that his idol Kobe Bryant wore.
I feel that Kyrie Irving ruined the franchise. pic.twitter.com/0aYmwrfBBB
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 30, 2022
Having idolized “The Mamba” since his childhood, the 30-year-old would surely like to mesmerize fans of LA, so this story by Smith might actually be true. So now it makes sense for the 33-year-old Kevin, who might well be in his last big contract to not risk one year for Irving, however great their friendship might be.