Nobody could’ve guessed Kyrie Irving would remain a member of the Brooklyn Nets at the start of the 2022 offseason. With a decision about picking up his contract option or not for next season looming, all signs were pointing toward Irving declining his $36 million contract for next year and testing the free agency market. To no surprise, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were linked to Irving following the 2021-2022 season.
You see, Simmons demanded a trade, and when the Sixers refused, he then claimed he was unable to play due to unspecified “mental health issues. These issues seemed to stem from his coach and his teammate saying he didn’t play well, which he didn’t. This would be like me refusing to show up for work due to “mental health issues” because my editors said I made grammaterical errors.
Around the time Simmons requested his trade, the Brooklyn Nets inked Kevin Durant to a four-year extension, which kicks in this upcoming season. At the time, the marriage between Durant and Brooklyn seemed excellent. Now, it’s headed for an early divorce.