Responding to Perkins' candid thoughts about Irving's opinion that the NBA season shouldn't resume amid national protests against police brutality and racial inequality, Durant called Perk a "sell out" under an Instagram post and retweeted a clip of the former center putting up an airball.
During a Tuesday episode ESPN's Get Up, Perkins went off on Irving for being a "distraction," saying that he's "confused" and demonstrating a "lack of leadership" with his stance.
"Kyrie Irving, right now, you are the distraction. ... It's crazy to me because you come out and you do something simply without talking to [NBPA] president Chris Paul or consulting with [executive director of the NBPA] Michele Roberts. ... 'Let's sit out without a plan.' It makes zero sense and I totally disagree," he said, per The Score.
As one of the NBPA's six Vice Presidents, Irving led a conference call on Friday, June 12, with players from around the league and reportedly voiced his opposition against restarting the season in Orlando, Florida.
"I don't support going into Orlando," he said on the call, as told by Shams Charania. "I'm not with the systematic racism and the bullsh*t. Something smells a little fishy."
He also allegedly claimed that he's "willing to give up everything I have" for social reform.
Perkins continued his rant against Iriving on The D.A. Show, stating that Irving is "causing unnecessary drama" among players.
"No one is listening to Kyrie. The NBA is going to continue," he said, according to CBS Sports Radio. "All he's doing is causing unnecessary drama between the NBA brothers that we don’t need right now. Him lashing out is just making news and making a whole bunch of noise for nothing because the NBA season is going to happen."
He even tweeted that he "took it light" on Irving and, if he wanted, he could share more background on what Irving's doing behind the scenes.
KD and Perkins have a history of bad blood, which boiled over on Twitter earlier this year after the latter claimed that Russell Westbrook is the greatest player to have ever played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, following the death of Kobe Bryant about two weeks later, Perkins reached out to KD to apologize and make things right.
The 35-year-old's friendliness at the moment was inspired by an inner question of "What Would Kobe Do?"