Brooklyn Nets Wiretap

Kevin Durant: Of Course We Have Enough Without Kyrie Irving

Oct 24, 2021 10:41 PM

The Brooklyn Nets fell to 1-2 with a 111-95 loss at home against the Charlotte Hornets.

Kevin Durant was asked twice if he thinks the Nets have enough to win without Kyrie Irving.

"While we are playing in a game, I am not going to sit there and say ... when we get down or it is a tight game, like 'Damn, we don't have enough,'" Durant said. "We are not going to be thinking about [that] during the game. We definitely want Kyrie Irving out here on the floor. And he is a huge part of what we do. But it is not happening right now. So we got to figure it out.

"But no one is going to lose confidence while we playing and hope Kyrie comes to save us during the game. No, we got to play. Everybody here is confident in what they do. We just got to play."

Brooklyn was outscored 32-17 in the fourth quarter.

"Yeah," Durant repeatedly answered when asked if the Nets have enough to win. "I am not about to say there's not going to [be] enough out here. I am not going to say that. I feel like we had a nice control of the game in the first half. They played a better second half.

"It's three games in. Of course we have enough."

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Nets Have Taken Trade Calls On Kyrie Irving

Oct 22, 2021 9:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets "have taken incoming calls" from rival teams with trade interest on Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski's report surfaces in relation to the Philadelphia 76ers' standoff with a trade of Ben Simmons.

"Daryl Morey has called all over the league, talked to teams about star players everywhere to try to find a deal for Ben Simmons," said Wojnarowski. "One team he has not called, I'm told, is the Brooklyn Nets. He has not lobbed a call to Sean Marks about Kyrie Irving.

"Brooklyn, I'm told, has taken incoming calls from teams on Kyrie Irving. They have not themselves made any calls on Kyrie Irving."

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James Harden: I Don't Plan On Leaving Nets

Oct 19, 2021 10:35 PM

James Harden elected not to sign an extension with the Brooklyn Nets before the start of the 21-22 season as he can sign a four-year, $227 million deal during the 2022 offseason.

“The contract, the money, it’s going to be there," said Harden. "I don’t plan on leaving this organization and the situation that we have.”

The Nets traded for Harden in January of this year.

“I love it here," added Harden. "I feel at home. It’s nothing to worry about…For me individually, I just want to focus on this year.”

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Adam Silver: Vaccine Issue Between Kyrie Irving, New York City Not The NBA

Oct 18, 2021 10:47 PM

During his press conference to open the 21-22 NBA regular season, Adam Silver was asked whether he's disappointed that the league was unable to mandate vaccines with the NBPA. The NBA's vaccine rate is currently at approximately 96 percent

Kyrie Irving, due to an ordinance in New York City, is the only player ineligible to play in select games.

"Well, at the time we were discussing it with the Players Association, the percentage I believe of players vaccinated was in the low 80s," said Silver. "I’m not sure they could have predicted at that point precisely how many players would choose not to get vaccinated.

"I won’t try to speak for them, other than the view that some players had, I think including maybe some players who are vaccinated, that it should be individual choice among the players.

"I would have preferred that ultimately that the Players Association agreed to mandatory vaccinations. The officials union agreed to mandatory vaccinations despite oppositions from some of their members.

"But ultimately I think we could have avoided a lot of the adversarial nature of these issues for our players. It’s not so much with the league; I think that gets confused in some cases. This is between Kyrie and New York City right now. This is not a league issue. As you’ve pointed out, it’s not mandatory in the league.

"But I think it would have been best for everyone if every player were vaccinated."

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Nets Saw James Harden Trade As Necessity Due To Unreliable Kyrie Irving

Oct 17, 2021 10:04 AM

On the latest Woj Pod, Adrian Wojnarowski spoke with Malika Andrews and added some new details on the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving. Wojnarowski said that Brooklyn saw acquiring James Harden last season as a "necessity" and that he thought that the Nets already saw that "they couldn't count on Irving".

It was added that Brooklyn and the Philadelphia 76ers have had no discussions on a Irving for Ben Simmons swap. It was also speculated that trade idea isn't something the Sixers would even entertain.

Lastly, the Nets are preparing as if they won't have Irving all season. “The bottom line is, Kyrie Irving is not vaccinated,” said Woj. “At this point he doesn’t sound as though he is about to get vaccinated to be able to return and play for this Nets team."

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Nets Waive Devontae Cacok

Oct 16, 2021 10:44 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Devontae Cacok.

Cacok signed with the Nets on Sept. 20, appearing in two preseason games and recording averages of 7.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 10.1 minutes per contest. He spent the last two seasons on a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 21 games (one start), he recorded averages of 2.1 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field and 1.8 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per contest.

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Nets Convert David Duke Jr. To Two-Way Deal

Oct 16, 2021 9:52 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the Two-Way player conversion option on guard David Duke Jr.

Duke originally signed with Brooklyn on Aug. 8 after playing for the Nets during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Duke appeared in three preseason games for Brooklyn, registering averages of 4.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 16.6 minutes per contest.

Duke went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft after a three-year collegiate career (2018-21) at Providence College. Starting all 91 career games, the 22-year-old averaged 11.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting from the field and 37.7 percent shooting from distance, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 30.8 minutes per game.

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Kyrie Irving Has No Plans To Get Vaccinated

Oct 14, 2021 10:41 AM

Kyrie Irving has no plans to get vaccinated despite a mandate requiring him to do so in order to play in home games with the Brooklyn Nets.

"As of right now he's not [playing this season]," said Shams Charania on CNN. "I'm told Kyrie Irving has no plans to get vaccinated."

Charania outlined how there's only three routes available to Irving currently based on his position: sit the entire season, wait for the New York City mandate to be lifted, or be traded. City Hall officials have told Charania there is no plan to lift their mandate.

Irving does want to keep playing and has maintained that he's not anti-vaccine and is instead anti-mandate. Irving, however, didn't get the vaccine even before the mandate came into effect.

The NBA has approximately 20 players who are unvaccinated, but Irving is the only one who is impacted by the decision in terms of being barred from playing in certain games. 

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Kyrie Irving Explains Decision, Adds He's Not Considering Retirement

Oct 14, 2021 6:49 AM

Kyrie Irving attempted to explain his decision over Instagram Live not to get vaccinated and therefore be ineligible to play in home games for the Brooklyn Nets, which led to a decision by the franchise to not let him play at all. 

"The financial consequences, I know I do not want to even do that," Irving said. "But it is reality that in order to be in New York City, in order to be on a team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice, and I would ask you all to just respect that choice.

"I am going to just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates and just be part of this whole thing. This is not a political thing; this is not about the NBA, not about any organization. This is about my life and what I am choosing to do."

Irving made it clear that he is not upset with the Nets organization, his teammates or the NBA, and he said he was not trying to make a political statement.

Irving ended his talk on Instagram Live by saying he is not going to end his career like this.

"Nobody is hijacking this voice," Irving said. "See if they play this on their TV channels and if they play this actual truth somewhere before you start talking about me and what I am doing with my life. And no, I am not retiring. And no, I am not going and leaving this game like this. There is still so much more work to do."

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Nets Will No Longer Offer $186M Extension To Kyrie Irving

Oct 13, 2021 10:04 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will no longer offer Kyrie Irving a four-year contract extension worth up to $186 million. The Nets were publicly hopeful of their chances of signing Irving to an extension before the start of training camp, but his future with the franchise is in doubt following his decision not to get vaccinated. Brooklyn has in turn decided not to allow him to play exclusively in road games.

"He was willing to sacrifice, at the end of the day, $16 million in salary this upcoming year," said Shams Charania on The Glue Guys podcast. "And $186 million as far as an extension that he will not be offered now."

Irving has not publicly explained why he is choosing not to get vaccinated, but Charania reported that is taking a stand on behalf of people who have lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates. 

Kevin Durant and James Harden were vaccinated leading to the start of training camp, according to Charania.

"I do know he has wanted to retire with the Nets," added Charania about the possibility of Irving accepting a trade from Brooklyn. "That's why he went there. For most of the offseason, I think it was pretty well assured that he was going to sign an extension. That James Harden was going to sign an extension. And neither of that has happened."

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