Nets star Kyrie Irving’s trade value described as ‘RADIOACTIVE’ by NBA insider

Kyrie Irving’s business value is being described as “radioactive”, according to NBA insiders who spoke to ESPN’s Zach Lowe after the Brooklyn Nets star sparked accusations of anti-Semitism with a recent Twitter post.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the league over the weekend and I feel like he’s radioactive,” Lowe told ESPN’s Nick Friedell during a recent podcast episode. “Even if you lower the price to nothing, the luggage is just too much.”

Irving sparked controversy last week after he shared an Amazon link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.” The film is based on a 2015 book of the same name, which Rolling Stone described as “venomous anti-Semitic”. Specifically, he quotes Hitler to convince the audience of the existence of a Jewish plan for world domination.

Since posting the Amazon link to the film on Twitter, Irving argued with the media on Saturday, telling reporters “I’m not going to back down from anything I believe in.” He then appeared to backtrack on Sunday by deleting the post without explanation.

Irving was not available to reporters after Monday’s game, but has since issued a statement denying anti-Semitism. And while he didn’t issue an apology, Irving donated $500,000 “to causes and organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.” That gift was matched by the Nets.

Kyrie Irving’s business value is being described as ‘radioactive’, according to NBA insiders who spoke to ESPN’s Zach Lowe after the Brooklyn Nets star sparked accusations of anti-Semitism with a recent Twitter post.

“I stand against all forms of hate and oppression and stand firm with communities who are marginalized and impacted every day,” Irving said in the statement.

“I am aware of the negative impact of my position on the Jewish community and take responsibility for it. I do not believe that everything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles.

The tumultuous week for the Nets was only exacerbated by the firing of head coach Steve Nash on Tuesday amid a 2-5 start. Assistant Jacque Vaughn served as interim head coach in Tuesday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, but according to multiple reports, Nets general manager Sean Marks is interested in hiring the outraged head coach and suspended Boston Celtics Ime Udoka, who received a one-season ban. following allegations of an inappropriate affair with a team staff member.

The Celtics wouldn’t stop the Nets from signing Udoka, according to ESPN.

The uproar prompted many media outlets to call for Irving to be traded or released. Former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks (no relation to Sean) said on ESPN that Irving should be fired because of the controversy.

“How many more chances is this organization going to give Kyrie Irving?” Bobby Marks asked rhetorically. ‘Enough is enough. I’m not talking from a business perspective.

“I understand that Ime Udoka is the last person who could possibly rule this group, but if you’re the front office in Brooklyn, send him home. You don’t need Kyrie Irving.

The Brooklyn Nets star drew attention for publicizing the 2018 film

The Brooklyn Nets star drew attention for promoting the 2018 film ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’ on social media with a link to his Amazon page

If there is a potential trade destination for Irving, a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers might make sense. LA could offload former MVP Russell Westbrook, who has struggled with his shooting and, like Irving, is a free agent after the season. Additionally, Irving would have the chance to reunite with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James, with whom he won his only NBA title in 2017.

But as Lowe said on his podcast, even that’s not a possibility.

“You want to talk about the Lakers being the most desperate team in the league,” Lowe said. “Okay, the Lakers also play in a gigantic cosmopolitan city. All the inhabitants follow this story.

“I just don’t know what else they’re supposed to do.”

Of course, Irving’s recent Twitter controversy isn’t the only issue surrounding the All-Star guard.

Last month, the 30-year-old raised his eyebrows for sharing a video of conspiracy theorist Jones from 2002 on his Instagram story.

The video, titled “Never Forget – Alex Jones Tried To Warn Us”, refers to a “New World Order” that would “unleash plagues”.

The Brooklyn Nets have parted ways with coach Steve Nash amid an abrupt 2-5 start and months of turmoil around team stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Ime Udoka

The Nets parted ways with coach Steve Nash amid a rough 2-5 start, and suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka emerged as the favorite to replace the two-time MVP.

Fans sat courtside during Monday's Nets game wearing t-shirts that read

Fans sat courtside during Monday’s Nets game wearing T-shirts that read ‘Fighting Anti-Semitism’

In the video, Jones said: “Yes, there have been corrupt empires. Yes they manipulate. Yes there are secret societies. Yes, there have been oligarchies throughout history.

“And yes, today in 2002 there is a tyrannical organization calling itself the New World Order… unleashing diseases, viruses and plagues upon us, we are then basically pushed into their system.”

The 2002 clip of Jones – ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting – was one of many videos shared at the time with Irving’s story.

He addressed Jones when he spoke to reporters about his recent tweet on Saturday.

‘I disagree with Alex Jones – stance, story, court case he had with Sandy Hook or any of the kids who felt like that had to relive trauma or the parents who had to relive trauma or be dismissive of all the lives that were lost in this tragic event,” Irving said.

“My post was a post from Alex Jones that he did in the early 90s or late 90s about secret societies in occult America, and it’s true.”

Irving was not available to reporters after Monday's game, but has since issued a statement denying anti-Semitism.  And though he didn't apologize, Irving donated $500,000

Irving was not available to reporters after Monday’s game, but has since issued a statement denying anti-Semitism. And while he didn’t issue an apology, Irving donated $500,000 “to causes and organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.” This gift was matched by the Nets

Irving, who is vice-chairman of the executive committee of the players’ association, has also posted videos dealing with various topics, including the death and decolonization of Queen Elizabeth II.

Irving is no stranger to conspiracies having long been willing to embrace theories such as the earth being flat or the moon landing being staged.

The unvaccinated basketball star was unable to make most of Brooklyn’s home games last season because he failed to meet New York City’s workplace vaccination mandate. The warrant has since been lifted.

In October 2021, he began following and liking Instagram posts by a conspiracy theorist who claimed that “secret societies” were implanting vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan “.

Apologizing for his endorsement of the Flat Earth “theory” in October 2018, Irving admitted to being a conspiracy theorist.

‘I was definitely at that point, ‘I’m a big conspiracy theorist. You can’t tell me anything. ”I’m sorry for all of this,” Irving said.

“Even if you believe it, don’t go out and say that stuff. It’s for intimate conversations because the perception and the way you are received changes. I’m actually an intelligent individual,” he explained, 18 months after first telling an interviewer that “the Earth is flat.” The Earth is flat. She is right in front of our faces.’

If there is a potential trade destination for Irving, a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers might make sense.  LA could offload former MVP Russell Westbrook (right), who has struggled with his shot and, like Irving, is a post-season free agent.  Additionally, Irving would have the chance to reunite with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James (left), with whom he won his only NBA title in 2017.

If there is a potential trade destination for Irving, a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers might make sense. LA could offload former MVP Russell Westbrook (right), who has struggled with his shot and, like Irving, is a post-season free agent. Additionally, Irving would have the chance to reunite with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James (left), with whom he won his only NBA title in 2017.

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