“They are in deep trouble” NBA Insider reveals Nets are prepared to lose both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
The Brooklyn Nets appeared to be not just the favourites to win the 2022 championship, but also a potential dynasty poised to compete for the following several seasons thanks to what was perhaps the finest scoring superstar trio in NBA history. It is obvious that did not end up happening. Due to a vaccination requirement, Kyrie Irving missed the majority of Brooklyn’s home games and the start of the season, James Harden opened the backdoor and the Boston Celtics swept Kevin Durant in four games after he suffered an injury during the regular season.
The Nets are in serious jeopardy of losing all three superstars – Durant, Irving, and James Harden just a few months after having a roster that included everyone. In February, Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and according to reports, Irving has been given approval to look for a sign-and-trade. Additionally questionable is KD’s Brooklyn future, particularly if Kyrie leaves, as rival clubs apparently want him to depart the Nets in order to boost the likelihood that Durant will be traded.
The nemesis of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant duo.
The legendary relationship between Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant could be coming to an unpleasant end since it never truly began. Since joining the Nets, Irving has only participated in 103 of 246 regular-season games, missing games primarily for personal reasons and most notably because of coronavirus limitations. The vaccine requirement in New York City prevented him from playing for the most of the previous season because he refused to acquire the COVID-19 inoculation. Due to an injury, Durant played in just 55 games, and Brooklyn ended with the No. 7 seed in the East. In the opening round of the playoffs, the squad was swept by the Celtics.
Irving proved last year that basketball issues are the least of the Nets’ concerns, despite the fact that having Durant and Irving on the court together is obviously sufficient to cover for the majority of basketball challenges. Additionally, they were both there for the whole four-game postseason run of this year. With or without Irving, the Nets must wish for improved health and provide them with greater assistance, but they have little options. It would be beneficial if Durant was open to utilise Irving to enhance the squad in some capacity.
What’s the latest update on Kyrie-KD saga?
If Irving chooses to opt into his contract, the Nets may still agree to a trade, or they may carry out a sign-and-trade even if he chooses not to. The position for Durant is a little more secure because last offseason he agreed to a four-year extension. Irving has until Wednesday to decide whether to exercise his $36.9 million player option for the 2022–2023 season and if he doesn’t, Durant may look to trade for himself. Similar to the load the Pelicans received in 2019 when they sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers, a deal for Durant would ensure a return. According to Brian Windhorst, the situation is far from worse for the Nets.
Even while the Nets would probably prefer to keep KD even without Irving, their connection and the minimal value in an Irving trade would probably effectively destroy Durant’s relationship with the franchise if Kyrie left. However, Durant would not have much leverage to compel a certain location with only four years remaining on his contract.