ESPN- Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant isn't surprised by the developments of Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland, and out of the shadows of LeBron James.
Trade requests occur routinely behind the scenes without anyone knowing, Durant said.
"It's just a regular NBA problem, right? A lot of teams have gone through this before," Durant told ESPN. "They'll figure it out. That's a great organization, a championship organization. They'll figure it out."
“It’s not the end of the world. Both of those guys won a championship together. They love each other. If Kyrie wants to do something else, that’s on him. I’m sure whatever happens, it’ll work out for the best for both of them. But it’s just a normal NBA problem. It’s just two big stars that it’s happening to.”
Yup, totally regular. Par for the course, really. I don't know why people are clamoring that the NBA offseason has become more entertaining than the NBA postseason, because this soap opera is hardly worth watching if you ask me.
Christ, why is everyone acting like they have never seen an Owner tell his General Manager to take a hike while he's in the midst of trying to add another superstar to a team that's coming off three consecutive Finals appearances? You people should really get out more if you think it's abnormal for a 25 year old star to demand a trade away from a player that makes his team a lock to win the conference every year. The best player in basketball has one foot in free agency before he's even played one single game of the final year of his contract in his hometown, and that's supposed to be considered shocking or something? The consensus second best team in professional basketball has spent the entire summer imploding from within at almost every level, and I am supposed to pretend that's not just another day in an NBA offseason?
Shit, the only thing more precedented than what's been going on in Cleveland is a former league MVP joining a 73 win juggernaut that was a dick punch away from winning back-to-back titles just months after they made history by defeating him in come-from-behind fashion. If there is anyone that knows what a "regular" offseason looks like then it's Kevin Durant, and - compared to his Summer of '16 - the Cavaliers fall from grace that's almost guaranteed to result in their inevitable demise is just that.