Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving said he has spoken to teammates about comments in which he listed the players he saw as being a part of the team’s future.
Following Wednesday night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Irving told reporters that he felt it was “glaring” that the Nets “need one or two more pieces to complement” himself, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.
Irving, Durant, Jordan and Temple are each in their first season with the Nets, with Durant expected to miss the entire season as he recovers from an Achilles injury. Irving himself has missed 26 games with a right shoulder impingement with Wednesday’s game being his third since returning.
Irving insisted that his comments after the Sixers game were not meant to implore the Nets’ front office to make significant moves before the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Instead, Irving said, he was trying to give an honest assessment of where the Nets are nearly midway through the season.
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