Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) Jan 26, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) react after being announced as 2013 all stars during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were teammates with the Brooklyn Nets. As of Thursday, they are both playing for contenders in the Western Conference. And by the sounds of it, Irving isn’t too broken up about it from the Nets’ perspective.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the Phoenix Suns traded Mikal BridgesCam JohnsonJae Crowder, four first-round picks, and additional draft compensation to the Nets for Durant. The superstar had been rumored to want out of Brooklyn on and off for the last year, so it’s not a complete shock, though it was said even earlier in the day that a deal before the NBA Trade Deadline was unlikely.

That trade comes just days after the Nets shipped the controversial Irving off to the Dallas Mavericks despite reports that he would have much rather gone to the Los Angeles Lakers. Brooklyn owner Joe Tsai reportedly nixed that possibility out of spite over the way Kyrie handled himself while with the team. Irving let it be known that he “felt disrespected” at times in Brooklyn and seemed pretty unhappy that he had been forced to apologize for sharing antisemitic messages last year.

Irving found out that Durant had been traded during his post-game interview on Thursday morning and he once again made it clear that there is no love lost for Tsai and the Brooklyn Nets.

“I’m just praying for his happiness and well-being. We had a lot of conversations throughout the year of what our futures would look like,” said Irving, via Grant Afseth. “We just cared about seeing each other in places we could thrive.

“I’m glad he got out of there.”

“This was in the works like after Year 1,” added Irving. “I was unsure about whether I wanted to be in Brooklyn long-term again because of things that were happening behind the scenes.”

To be fair, Irving isn’t the only person lacking sympathy for Tsai right about now.

[Grant Afseth]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to