Nobody knows how the Brooklyn Nets will look next season. With the Kevin Durant trade request rocking the NBA offseason and the Kyrie Irving trade rumors to the Lakers for Russell Westbrook in full swing, the team exists on uncertain ground at present.
But apparently if it were up to Kyrie Irving, he's rather shut out the outside noise this time around. Ironic? Quite. But truthful? According to a source from the New York Post's Brian Lewis, that's what the Nets star's camp is thinking right now. The source claims that Kyrie's camp is befuddled by the trade chatter when the All-Star never asked for one in the first place.
Via New York Post:
“How did we get into this situation about trade, when he opted in?” the source asked rhetorically. “Here is the situation. He opted in, which means he had and he has every intention of playing with the Brooklyn Nets. KD decides he wants out and now everybody is talking about trading Kyrie, right?
According to the source, Kevin Durant's trade demand has been clumped together with finding a way to rid the Nets of Kyrie Irving when the opt-in has made his intentions clear. However, he does acknowledge that if it's the Nets side that wants a separation, it's a different story.
“Kyrie has not asked for a trade. Now, if the Nets don’t want him, that’s something totally different. Kyrie has not said he wants a trade. He opted in. [So where did] the trade conversations come from? Is it because, KD requested a trade and now everybody’s like let’s trade Ky? Kyrie opted in.”
It's hard to imagine the Nets wanting to keep Kyrie Irving if they do trade Kevin Durant given that one big reason to appease the former was because of his pull with the latter. Whether or not Kyrie Irving's camp wants a trade, it could still happen amid the Lakers' interest and likely does if KD gets moved.