Nets ‘upset’ with Kyrie Irving, trade whispers emerge. But it’s all bogus.
Kyrie Irving is one of the most complicated NBA stars to predict. The man definitely gives Kawhi Leonard a run for his money for most enigmatic player in the league. If you believed the rumors from the past week, the Brooklyn Nets were supposedly fed up enough with his shenanigans to consider a trade. But then that turned out to be a load of baloney.
Former Bleacher Report and Esquire editor Matt Sullivan dropped some bombs on Kyrie Irving as a guest on the podcast Celtics Lab, where he revealed the supposed rift between the star and the Brooklyn Nets – one large enough to consider a trade.
“I’ve heard that Nets ownership was quite upset with Kyrie’s pause, especially that maskless party that turned his psuedo-paternity leave into more like a COVID suspension. And in the last week I’ve heard rumblings — whispers, really, because cracking the Nets is kind of like breaking into the Kremlin, that Brooklyn GM Sean Marks would maybe, possibly, apparently be willing to at least listen to a trade offer for Kyrie this offseason.”
This sparked more than a handful of discussions on trade rumblings, thanks to Sullivan’s statement on the Nets star. But Sullivan has since backtracked on his statement, claiming the gripes weren’t as big of a deal as he made it appear.
“Tried to clear up Kyrie trade stuff here: more like grumbling than rumblings from #Nets MGMT. He controls them more than they do him—that’s a good thing. A solution, as Steve Nash’s team motto goes: Protect the Group. AKA let Ky be Ky. Not gonna deal him.”
This just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, folks! This especially bodes true for analysts and reporters making claims using unnamed “sources” on guys like Kyrie Irving and usually tight-lipped organizations such as the Brooklyn Nets.