Kyrie Irving is the biggest conspiracy theorist in the NBA. His shoes have the All-Seeing Eye on it in the middle of a pyramid.
So when he made his power move to go to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, I'm sure he had everything planned out in his mind with how this was all going to turn out.
He has been laying the ground work for the Nets front office to make the moves in the offseason to build the team he and Kevin want it to be built.
And with the news of Kenny Atkinson and the Brooklyn Nets agreeing to separate ways in the middle of a playoff season, the writing was already on the wall for this outcome.
Here's a tall tale of how things have shaken out for the Nets.
Earlier in the season, Kyrie made major comments about the roster. He talked about how they aren't quite a championship roster yet, and named the players on the roster who in his mind are championship material.
Leaving out a lot of young guys on the roster who have been a part of their rebuild, and helped them to the playoffs last season. He was very strategic in his choice of words, very Lebron-like when he Lebron James made his return to Cleveland.
This season was going to be a wash from the start, knowing that they weren't going to have Kevin Durant due to injury. And the questions around Kyrie's injury are still confounding and confusing. He came into the season healthy, and then he got injured. Then the team was playing well without him, and he suspiciously made a return from his injury.
Then he realized he wasn't going to make it onto the All-Star team, and he was "injured" yet again. And when the media would ask the team about Kyrie's injury, they had very few answers. Whereas Kyrie was making statements that hinted that the team wasn't taking his claim of injury seriously.
The Nets were hovering around that 7-8 seed range and the announcement was made that Kyrie would be out for the rest of the season. And just a few days later, Kyrie was voted on by the players to become the new Vice President of the NBA Player's Association.
So he was going to use this time off to go on his Presidential-like tour, and spread his agenda for the future throughout the league.
Without Kyrie and Kevin, it was going to be hard to prove to new free agents that Brooklyn is the place to go for a championship. So the only other move to add pieces would be through trade. But who was going to want guys from a team that can't even reach .500?
The next step was to build up some of their young players so that they could become tradable assets. They began to give Caris LeVert more opportunities to thrive. Make him think that he's going to be their third piece on a championship roster.
They made sure he had his biggest gamer of his career against the Boston Celtics on national television, and then have him follow it up with his first career triple-double.
Kyrie then went to the front office and told them that they must use his high level of play down this final stretch to show other teams that he can be a main piece in a blockbuster trade. The front office then sent a message to Kenny Atkinson that he was to extort Caris for a trade this summer.
Kenny had enough. He was tired of all the drama that came with being Kyrie's head coach and decided that it would be best if him and Brooklyn went their separate ways.
This only accelerated Kyrie's grand plan.
The summer of 2020 has come and the Brooklyn Nets have announced they're shopping everyone on the roster except Kyrie, Kevin, and Deandre Jordan.
The package looks something crazy like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarret Allen, and future draft compensation. Teams like the Wizards, Thunder, Knicks and Cavs show growing interest.
As news spreads that the Nets are big name hunting, they hire Ty Lue to be their new head coach. Someone who Kyrie played for and that is respected by Kevin from their Finals matchups.
But none of that matters because Kyrie has already gotten into Giannis' head. After falling in game 7 to the Philadelphia 76ers and failing to make the Finals once again, Kyrie calls Giannis directly.
As Giannis sit in his car, sulking in his loss, Kyrie offers him a new future. a big city, a new stadium, and a chance to play with two players and a coach who know what it takes to win a championship.
The next day, Giannis goes to the front office and tells them that he will not be signing his extension next offseason. This leaves Milwaukee scrambling for answers. Do they let this guy walk for nothing, or get a haul for him?
The Bucks oblige, getting all those players from the Nets, multiple draft picks, and force the Nets to add a third team in the deal so they can attain even more assets.
Kyrie's plan has come full circle. He has again found a way to get a team of superstars around him that will not only help him move towards another championship, but more importantly, a couple of guys who can carry the load for him.
He can now return to making the biggest shots when it matters most, and blaming the bench players when things go wrong.
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