Kyrie Irving isn’t staying silent.
The Nets star, in the midst of an offseason rife with rumors surrounding his future, appeared to call out NBA insider Ric Bucher on Thursday.
Bucher, on his “On the Ball” podcast, reported Irving had some requests for his next contract after he chose to opt in for one year at $36.9 million with Brooklyn this summer.
“[Nets owner] Joe Tsai has already shown he’s willing to play hardball with Kyrie by taking a max extension off the table almost immediately,” Bucher said. “Now, part of that may be Kyrie’s doing. I’m told he wanted his new contract to guarantee he wouldn’t have to play more than 60 games in a season and would not have to play any back-to-backs, which he apparently referred to as inhumane.”
Irving responded to a tweet quoting his so-called demands with a GIF of a baseball doffing his hat, indicating that Bucher is “capping,” or “lying.”
The 30-year-old, whose agent refuted a Post report this week that he hates Nets GM Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, followed up with 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 missed a sizable chunk of the 2021-22 season because of local and Canadian vaccine mandates, which reportedly played a role in All-Star James Harden requesting a trade from the Nets.
Irving has seen his name pop up in trade rumors — notably involving the Lakers and LeBron James — with his running mate Kevin Durant reportedly telling Tsai to either fire Marks and Nash or trade him.