Kyrie Irving has asked the Nets to trade him before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, according to a person with knowledge of the request who was not authorised to discuss it publicly.
Irving, who is in the last year of a four-year contract, will be a free agency this summer. The Athletic was the first outlet to report on his desire for a move.
Three months after the Nets reprimanded Irving for failing to condemn antisemitism after he tweeted a link to a film that had antisemitic content, Irving made this request. Irving subsequently apologised before returning to the field after serving an eight-game suspension.
When he has started for the Nets since his return, they have gone 22-10 and averaged 27.2 points per game. The Nets are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference.
It seemed as if the Nets had finally found some kind of stability after months of instability and persistent rumours about the team’s future. The shaky cohesiveness of the squad has likely been jeopardised by Irving’s demand for a trade, who has attracted criticism for the most of his career.
A rival club seeking to trade for Irving would be aware of the dangers and potential advantages. As one of the NBA’s most outstanding players, Irving helped LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship in 2016. But baggage is also present.
After a 2-5 start to the current season, the Nets fired Steve Nash as head coach. He was replaced by one of his aides, Jacque Vaughn, who was able to settle the group down after a season filled with distractions.
Irving received criticism in October for tweeting a link to an antisemitic film that promoted a variety of untrue stereotypes, including one that cast doubt on the Holocaust’s historical accuracy. Irving distanced himself from the Holocaust questions in several tense news appearances, but even after removing the post, he refused to take ownership of it. At one of those press conferences, Infowars sceptic Alex Jones advanced a conspiracy theory against the government, which Irving endorsed. On November 3, the Nets suspended him, and on November 20, he resumed playing amid harsh condemnation from the public and the media.
The uproar has already died down, and Irving has temporarily shown why the Nets signed him almost four years ago, at least on the court.
Irving and Kevin Durant signed the Nets as free agents before to the 2019–20 season to establish themselves as one of the league’s most formidable teams. While Durant is one of the league’s most proficient scorers, Irving may be its best ballhandler. They all had championship experience and seemed to have the ability to help the Nets win a title.
However, there were reservations and concerns from the start. After injuring his Achilles tendon while representing the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant was unable to compete in his debut season in Brooklyn. Irving played in only 20 games before having shoulder surgery that ended the season.
The next season, the Nets again made headlines when they acquired James Harden in a three-team trade from the Houston Rockets. Nevertheless, Irving missed a handful of games because of unspecified personal reasons, and it was during one of those absences that video showed him breaking the NBA’s coronavirus rules by going to his sister’s birthday party without a mask. The Nets lost the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games after Irving had a right ankle injury in game six against them.
However, the drama had just started. Irving missed 35 games until the Nets altered their attitude and let him to play in road games. Later, in the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics easily defeated the Brooklyn Nets. After the incident, Durant requested a trade, but he eventually retracted it before the current season started.
It was unclear until almost the last minute in June whether Irving would activate his player option for this season.
“Normal people keep the world rolling, but those who dare to be exceptional drive us towards future,” said Irving in a statement. “I’ve chosen to take part. waiting for you in the fall.
More in Sports: https://buzzing.today/sports/
Photo Credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/