Somehow the NBA offseason is quickly coming to an end and next week there will be NBA media days for several teams in the league. The Brooklyn Nets are expected to have one of the most not-to-be-missed media days after a blustery summer in New York. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have both been in rumors with the team all season.
Kyrie Irving had a pretty sloppy contract negotiation with the Nets after a dramatic season with his stance on the COVID vaccine that caused the point guard to miss over 50 regular-season games for the Nets. After the Nets were unwilling to sign Irving on a long-term extension, it’s believed Durant’s frustration and lack of confidence in the organization hit an impasse and the superstar demanded a trade from Brooklyn. The nets spent all summer in trade talks that they may or may not have been serious about. Ultimately, Durant rescinded his request and both Brooklyn stars are expected to be back with the Nets.
On the September 21 episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast, Logan Murdock, whom Simmons called a KD whisperer, joined the show and provided valuable insight into the Durant situation in Brooklyn and hinted at a situation where the relationship is deteriorating could have.
Simmons hinted to Murdock that he believes the Nets drama may have started after some articles were published with clearly leaked information about Kyrie Irving. Simmons noted the close relationship between Sean Marks and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and how a story Wojnarowski wrote contained information that was clearly leaked by people within the Nets organization.
“Well, to your point, there was a story that came out… right between the break and entering the bubble, and there was this Woj story that talked about Kyrie in different ways, right? In hindsight it didn’t really look like most. It seemed very one-sided, shall we say. There was the Kyrie piece, which seemed very one-sided from ESPN. So if you’re Kyrie or Kevin you’re like, ‘What the hell?’ Like we’re supposed to be a teammate,” Murdock told Simmons on the podcast. “Kyrie and KD consider this a partnership, right? Between all parties and only in hindsight, I’m not saying that the distrust started. But if you look from their point of view, ask yourself, “Hey man, why are we doing this?” If they thought someone would leak something like that, they’d be like, “Why would you do that?” … and I’ll just throw that out of the way. That happened a couple of times where it was like, ‘Oh, okay, we’re going to blame Kyrie. We’re not going to blame Kyrie directly, but we’re just going to blame him on one of our trusted guys.
The main source cited for Durant’s trade request was his distrust of the Nets’ front office, which of course was evident in the ultimatum Durant gave the Nets. What was the role of this story that Murdock was telling? This is unknown, but the fact that it has happened multiple times is a good indicator of what could be causing a lack of trust.
Durant’s frustration with the Nets escalated when he saw how the Nets were handling the contract negotiations with Kyrie Irving. According to an NBA insider. In the podcast of the wrestlers NBA ‘The mismatch‘ shared Logan Murdock, which sources say led to Durant’s trade request.
“I’ve made a few calls. Kevin Durant hasn’t spoken to the team in weeks. I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office at the moment. I don’t know if he’s about to leave, but there’s a lot of unease not only on the Kyrie side, but on the KD side as well…
“His biggest problem is that he feels the front office doesn’t understand Kyrie, whatever that means. I’d push that back if a guy went away for two weeks straight…Kyrie takes the lion’s share of the blame. But I think KD feels like, ‘Hey, you guys didn’t get that guy. They didn’t try to find out where he came from.’
“The Nets got rid of Adam Harrington, who is very close to Kevin. He’s one of Kevin’s boys. And that had a big impact on how Kevin feels about it now. He’s still in that find-it-out mode, but there’s some fire to this smoke that’s kind of reevaluating where he stands with it.