Kyrie Irving: Not one moment where I felt Kevin Durant has been angry at me
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Kyrie Irving says he is praying for Kevin Durant's happiness and also revealed there was "never a moment this season where he felt that Durant was angry at him." Late last week, Irving demanded a trade from the Nets. Just a few days after trading Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, the Nets also traded Durant to the Phoenix Suns.
Both Irving and Durant have now moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.
Irving on Durant: We are good
"I'm just praying for his happiness, praying for his well-being. We had a lot of conversations throughout the year of what our futures were going to look like.
There was still a level of uncertainty, but we just cared about seeing each other be places that we can thrive -- whether that be together, whether that be apart. There's never been one moment where I felt like he's been angry at me for decisions I've made or I've been angry at him.
We just tried to understand each other a lot better and grow as human beings, grow as brothers. This business changes so quickly. He's getting a little bit older. I'm getting a little bit older. I just love the competition now that we can be in the same conference, and I welcome all that.
Get to see him a little bit more, probably playing against Phoenix a lot more, and that's what I'm looking forward to. Everything else in between -- I'm just glad that he got out of there," Irving said of Durant, per ESPN. Meanwhile, Irving made his debut with the Mavericks on Wednesday night.
In his first game with the Mavericks, Irving had a game-high 25 points in a 110-104 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Also, Irving had four rebounds and five assists in a win over the Clippers. Luka Doncic didn't play on Wednesday due to injury as Mavericks fans will have to wait a bit more to see Irving and Doncic playing alongside each other.