It’s crazy to think that the Paul Pierce trade wasn’t the worst move the Brooklyn Nets front office ever made.
Instead, it was signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whose talents are only topped by their massive egos.
Some people thought the Nets were championship-bound after this partnership, while others predicted it was just a matter of time before they imploded.
Needless to say, it didn’t take long before the latter group was proven right, as the Nets have been a low-budget soap opera from the very second those two arrived in Brooklyn.
Fortunately for Sean Marks and Joe Tsai, they’re no longer hostages from this infamous duo, as Irving was sent for scraps to the Dallas Mavericks, and Durant fetched a nice trade offer from the Suns.
But — true to form — Irving wasn’t going to let this go away quietly, and he had yet another shot in the chamber to aim Brooklyn’s way.
That’s why the trouble-making guard didn’t hesitate to state that he was ‘glad’ that KD was finally out of Brooklyn, going as far as to say that their departure was in the works since year one:
“Get to see him a little bit more, probably playing against Phoenix a lot more. That’s what I’m looking forward to. Everything else in between, I’m just glad that he got out of there,” Irving said. “I think this was in the works, like, after year one. I wasn’t sure about whether or not I wanted to be in Brooklyn long term, again, because of things that was happening behind the scenes.”
Kyrie Irving when asked about Kevin Durant’s trade to Phoenix: “I’m just glad he got out of there”
— OutKick (@Outkick) February 9, 2023
So, they’ve wanted to leave for two years now, yet they got the team to trade for James Harden and then tried to get the coach and GM fired.
If Kyrie wanted to leave, he could’ve just walked away as a free agent last off-season.
But hey, who’s turning down $37 million?
Of course, he might be right, and maybe the Nets organization had a toxic culture.
But one can only wonder who’s to blame for that, and he might as well be the no. 1 candidate.NEXT: The Nets May Be Changing Their Position On Kevin Durant