Kyrie Irving is not silent
Amid rumors swirling about his future in the offseason, the Nets star appeared to call out NBA insider Rick Booker on Friday (AEST).
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Butcher reported on the “On the Ball” podcast that Irving has asked some questions about his next contract after opting into a one-year deal with Brooklyn this summer for $AUD51 million.
“[Nets owner] Joe Tsai has already taken a major extension off the table and has shown he’s willing to play hardball with Curry, Bucher said.
“Now, part of that might be Kyrie’s job. I’m told he wants to guarantee that he won’t play more than 60 games a season in his new contract and that he won’t have to play any back-to-back games; This is inhumanity, he said.
Irving responded on Twitter with a GIF of a baseball player tipping his hat, suggesting Butcher is a “cab” or a “liar.”
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The 30-year-old’s agent was controversial this week after a Post report that he disliked Nets GM Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, and an apparent swipe at the media.
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Irving has been at or around the center of many of Brooklyn’s recent woes.
The guard will miss a significant amount of the 2021-22 season due to local and Canadian vaccination obligations, which played a role in requesting a trade for All-Star James Harden from the Nets.
Irving has seen his name come up in trade rumors — most notably with the Lakers and LeBron James — along with fellow draftee Kevin Durant, who told Tsai to either fire Marks and Nash or trade him.
This story originally appeared in The New York Post and is reposted with permission