Kyrie Irving recently made waves with comments he made on a Twitch livestream. The all-star point guard was unexpectedly candid on the stream about the Brooklyn Nets and their recent playoff elimination at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Irving commented on how humiliating winning the playoffs was for the Nets and how they will approach it next season.
“We have 4-0 for my G. We have 4-0. It should happen like this. motivational brother. We needed that humbling experience, especially against the Celtics. It was already built to be that matchup. We’ll see her again, we have to. They will be where they will be. But those youngins over there in Boston, brother, I got to watch them grow up. To see how they did what they did on the finals stage last year and made it this far, I’m glad they had to go through us.” said Irving.
Irving not only addressed how leaving last season affected the team, but also a goal he had set for next season. These goals include being a “complete player” and making it on both ends of the parquet. Irving shared the goals after being asked what the plan is for next season.
“Get her up. pick her up I gotta put it up at both ends of the floor, bro. I have to be a complete player,” Irving said on the Twitch stream. “I’m coming this season for different hardware, bro. I was in the lab.”
After a summer of chaotic contract negotiations, Irving finds himself on a contract year. The all-star point guard and the Nets could not agree on a long-term contract extension, nor could they find a trading partner for Irving. They had many talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to help Irving and LeBron James reunite in Hollywood, but the Lakers never offered a package that the Nets wanted for Irving.
With Kyrie in a contract year, some have already shared their MVP caliber expectations they have for the controversial point guard. Irving has a lot to prove and needs to play at a high level to get the contract he wants in the upcoming off-season. That year, the only team to pursue Irving in the open trade was the Lakers. Can a strong season change that next year?
However, according to Irving in that recently quoted quote, the MVP trophy isn’t the only accolade the superstar is aiming for. He noted a desire to step up his game at both ends of the floor and gain additional defensive presence. “I’m coming for different hardware this season.” Whether it’s the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award or an NBA Defensive First Team nomination, Irving finds he has something to prove next season Has.
Growing the Nets from this experience of their elimination and the off-season is critical to his future with the franchise. While some analysts are predicting the star will have an MVP season, an NBA GM told Heavy.com that Irving and his expiring contract could be negotiated at the close of this year if the Nets don’t win. On demand reported that Durant can be traded at the close of trading The executive noted that it would not be KD trading in February, but it could be Irving.
“Not by deadline, no,” Heavy’s Eastern Conference executive Sean Deveney said when discussing Kevin Durant. “Maybe Kyrie will become a free agent because of his contract. So if the year is a disappointment early on, then yes, you would need to at least explore the trade market on Kyrie. You won’t get value for money because of all the luggage Kyrie has and because it would probably be a short term rental. We’ll see how the Lakers go, but if they have a good year and feel like they’re one Kyrie away from fighting next year, they’ll be able to get him next summer. So that reduces its commercial value.”