Nets’ Kevin Durant channels his inner Kyrie Irving with latest Instagram message
News of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teaming up on the Brooklyn Nets has been public for less than 24 hours. They won’t be able to put pen to paper on new contracts until July 6, and there’s a chance basketball’s newest superstar tandem won’t even take the floor together until the 2020-21 season. Still, given Durant’s social media activity after announcing his plans to join the Nets, it seems like Irving’s persona is already rubbing on the two-time Finals MVP.
In an Instagram post on Monday morning, Durant made it clear he came to the decision to leave the Golden State Warriors and sign in Brooklyn all by himself. Rather than convey that reality outright, though, he struck a tone of artificial introspection that would make Irving proud.
“No man can speak or make decisions for me,” he said, as noted by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. Think for yourself and you’ll find the truth.”
Rumors of Durant and Irving potentially joining forces with the Nets began running rampant in the past few days. A report on Saturday night indicated Brooklyn had already agreed to a deal with Irving, leaving Durant as the last domino to fall. It did shortly before free agency officially opened, with Durant officially making his plans clear immediately after 6:00 p.m. EST.
According to ESPN, both players will sign contracts for slightly less than the maximum allowable contract, paving the way for DeAndre Jordan – one of Durant’s closest friends – to sign a four-year, $40 million deal with the Nets.
Clearly, Durant and Irving are on the same page. We’ll see if that cohesion translates to the floor whenever the former is healthy enough to returned from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.