The basketball world was buzzing on social media on Wednesday in response to a bombshell report about the direction of the Brooklyn Nets.
The report by Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News, titled "For the Nets, the endgame is much closer than it appears," suggested that the Nets are unwilling to offer a long-term contract extension to mercurial star point guard Kyrie Irving, who holds a lucrative player option for next season.
If Irving were to opt out in lieu of an extension, that could leave superstar forward Kevin Durant in an awkward position, essentially holding the bag for a suddenly weakened roster.
The signs on that front aren't great, according to Winfield, who reported that Durant and team brass haven't spoken since the Nets' season ended with a first-round loss to the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.
Needless to say, the bleak depiction of the current state of the Nets superteam was met with strong reactions, given that it was only one offseason ago when they seemed unbeatable with all of Irving, Durant and James Harden on the same roster.
But a lot has happened since then, perhaps most notably the deal that sent Harden to the 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons. As well, Irving seemed to alienate team brass when he was limited to just 29 games because of his vaccination status.
And now, it seems Durant isn't thrilled at the prospect of being left to hold the bag in Brooklyn without the support of another star player or two.
For basketball fans and journalists and Twitter, there was a lot to consider with respect to the potential breakup of the Durant-era Nets.