The KD-Kyrie experiment in Brooklyn could be over before it ever really began.
On Monday, Nets reporter Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reported that the franchise has granted star guard Kyrie Irving permission to seek sign-and-trade offers from other teams.
The Nets, ... have been unwilling to give Irving a long-term contract extension with significant financial guarantees. They do not believe Irving is committed to doing what it takes to be on the floor every game for his teammates.
NBA Twitter reacted to the developments out of BK to start the week.
"Jersey man comes to Brooklyn, displaces existing players for own aspirations, and now, upset with COVID restrictions and quality of life issues, considers moving out," tweeted Josh Solomon.
"Can’t tell if I read this more as 'idk if we can do this with you forget the cost' or 'you know what YOU go find a deal pal,'" remarked Steve Jones Jr.
"My DMs with [Kevin Durant] from 2019," said another user. "I love being right!"
"This Nets situation went bad so unbelievably fast," another commented. "Can’t say I’m *shocked* but we saw a total of 16 games of their Big 3. I don’t know how it could’ve turned out any worse."
"'Man y'all just believe anything' the Nets fan says for the 138th time in the last 5 days before finally breaking down into tears and running off."
If Kyrie Irving gets shipped off its hard to imagine Kevin Durant sticking around in BK, which would likely send the Nets directly back to the basement of the Atlantic Division after building a fantastic culture under Kenny Atkinson.