Kevin Durant isn’t the only member of the Nets who is unhappy with leadership. You can add Kyrie Irving to the mix.
As you know by now, Durant reiterated his trade request in a meeting with Joe Tsai, giving the Nets owner an ultimatum — either coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks go, or I do, Durant reportedly said.
Well, Irving also “hates” Nash and Marks, a source told Mark W. Sanchez and Josh Kosman of the New York Post. “He feels that Nash is terrible and Marks is bad.”
While the Nets have been active in Durant trade talks (and are highly likely to become even more aggressive), it is not believed they have been as focused on moving Irving. Reports suggest they have spoken to the Lakers about Irving, but no deal has ever come close on that front.
Other reports suggest he is fine with returning to the Nets, with or without Durant. Irving picked up the option on his contract at the start of free agency — just a few days before Durant made his trade request.
As far as we know, though, Irving has not stated to Tsai that he would like Nash and Marks removed. And it’s hard to know if the Tsai or the Nets’ front office will act on Irving based on a quote from an anonymous source.
“Kyrie Irving absolutely wants to be a Los Angeles Laker,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said. “This we know. The Lakers want Kyrie Irving. This we know. But making that happen, that’s a different story.
“We don’t really get a good feeling there’s any team seriously on the market for Kyrie right now beyond the Lakers. It’s doesn’t mean they don’t like him or value him, they just don’t want to pay a potential price the Nets are asking. This is one of those things where we just have to wait and see.”
For the record, Tsai came out in support of Nash and Marks.
“We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets,” Tsai wrote on social media.
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