First, let’s get a few things out of the way.
After the season, Sean Marks said the Nets top priority would be extending Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Then after the first wave of free agent signings in early August — and KD’s agreement to stick around through 2026, Marks said he expected to have Harden and Irving “signed, sealed and delivered” by training camp.
Then three weeks ago, Irving seemed to signal that he was ready to take advantage of the opportunity to again use his “god-given talent.”
Beyond that, Irving’s teammates have spoken about their excitement at reuniting for the 2021-22 season. While we don’t know everything, there’s been no indication anything has changed.
So, that brings us to Wednesday morning when Nick Wright, who seems to have an odd fixation with these Brooklyn Nets, tweeted this ... which would seem to be in direct conflict with all the above.
Some NBA news:— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 15, 2021
There are a handful of Kyrie trades that potentially make sense for the Nets, Kyrie’s agents have made it known that Kyrie would simply *retire from the NBA* if Brooklyn were to trade him.
There was no further detail, no discussion of what Marks or Irving have said, nothing on the “handful” of trades that would “potentially make sense.” Just one line, ideal clickbait.
As websites focused on the comment and the trolls took to social media, Irving stayed silent ... until the evening.
A Puppet pic.twitter.com/iKxopt0zcL— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 16, 2021
There was some additional Twitter bleating from Nick “the Click” (which you can look up if you care to) arguing that if Irving had a problem, it was with his “representation” who Wright said told people he would retire if traded. Irving didn’t respond until Thursday...
The puppet doesn’t know he’s a puppet. pic.twitter.com/S47YTz1dx9— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 17, 2021
What’s it mean for Nets fans? Not much. Irving is a polarizing figure. That’s a given. He has made it a point that he abandoned Beantown to be at home with his family in West Orange, N.J. Despite all the controversy Irving has generated over the last two years, family remains at the center of who he is. So, if he is tied to home, that’s a good thing.
As for Wright, he’s not Woj or Shams or Jake. On Thursday, he’ll no doubt be at it again ... and then it will (likely) pass. Carry on.
- Kyrie Irving calls Nick Wright a ‘puppet’ after retirement report - Jeremy Layton - New York Post
- Call me crazy, but the Nets shouldn’t trade Kyrie Irving for a 1987 Pontiac Fiero (or Ben Simmons) - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Kyrie Irving calls Nick Wright a ‘puppet’ for comments on recent trade controversy - Ajayi Browne - USA Today