Well. Kyrie Irving is doing Kyrie Irving things again.
In a calendar year or so that’s been headlined by vaccine-related availability issues and a weird refusal to shout down antisemitism as a concept after promoting a questionable documentary on his social media platforms, the 30-year-old Irving has formally requested that the Nets move him ahead of the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, according to multiple reports.
But this request has nothing to do with those things, but rather his frustration with the progress or lack thereof when it comes to a potential long-term extension in Brooklyn, according to multiple reports.
“The Nets and Irving’s agent, Shetellia Riley-Irving, had discussed an extension recently, but Brooklyn remained reluctant to rush into a long-term commitment without further evidence that Irving could stay reliable, perform at a high level and remain controversy-free, sources said,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Or, if you want to read between the lines (and you don’t need to be an expert to do that here), the Nets want to know if Kyrie is truly worth the headache he’s been for them, and aren’t simply falling over themselves to hand Irving another max contract.