Back in 2019, the Brooklyn Nets were on top of the basketball world when they signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It was expected that this team would make waves in the Eastern Conference and eventually bring home a championship.
Those good days have turned to gloomy ones as the franchise seems destined to lose both players as try and work out a new contract with Kyrie Irving. Logan Murdoch of The Ringer said on “The Mismatch” podcast this week that he has been told Durant has not spoken with Nets executives in weeks.
“Now, you have reports that Kyrie is looking elsewhere. I made some calls. Kevin Durant has not talked to the team in weeks,” Murdoch said, as transcribed by Nets Daily. “I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office right now. I don’t know if he’s at the stage of leaving but there’s a big uneasiness from not only from the Kyrie side, but the KD side as well.”
Kevin Durant’s future with the Brooklyn Nets has been in question since Kyrie Irving trade rumors have gained steam over the last month. With Durant’s name floating in the rumor mill, a doctored image of him and Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard emerged on social media.
On Friday, Durant opened up about the Irving situation a bit and said he won’t be getting involved.
“There’s no involvement at all. I mean, I can’t be involved with … this is this man’s livelihood, you know?” Durant told “The ETCs” podcast. “This is much bigger than me. Being a free agent is one of the most important times in your career. That can’t be swayed by anybody else. I just do me and wait for the time.
“There’s nothing that can happen right now. I don’t think he can even make a decision on opting out until the 29th, I think. So I just kinda let things play out and see what happens. Keep the regular contact with Ky, and we’ll see what happens. It’s something that’s so much out of my control that I don’t want to be a part of it. We’ll see what happens though.”
Durant is undoubtedly disappointed with how the 2021-22 season went, but he may also be taking Irving’s side as Kyrie seeks a long-term deal.