Kyrie Irving Expected to Re-Sign With Nets, per Report
Kyrie is coming off one the most controversial and turbulent seasons of recent NBA history, but it seems his team doesn’t want him to go anywhere.
Brooklyn is likely going to sign Irving to a new deal this summer instead of letting him enter free agency next year, according to the New York Post‘s Brian Lewis.
Irving has until the June 29 deadline to decide if he wants to opt out of the last year of his contract so that he can enter free agency in the summer of 2023 but it appears he will instead sign an extension with Brooklyn. When the topic of Irving’s status with the team long-term was raised in May, Nets general manager Sean Marks remained non-committal to re-signing the seven-time All Star.
“It would be unfair for me not to comment on how it looks with Kyrie and us, because to be honest, he has some decisions to take on his own,” Marks stated in May. “So he must look at what he’s doing with his player option. We’re looking for guys that want to come in here and be part of something bigger than themselves, play selfless, play team basketball, and be available.”
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Irving only played in 29 games this season because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. New York City mayor Eric Adams issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in October, requiring proof of vaccination to enter indoor arenas, which prevented him from playing in home games. Three months later, Irving was reinstated by the Nets as a part-time player for games and practices in which they were eligible to participate “ in February.
Irving eventually returned as a full-time player on March 27 after Adams announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination was no longer required by private workers, including professional athletes and entertainers. The season ended in Brooklyn with a sweep at the hands the Celtics.
Irving stated several times that he is committed to the Nets and wants them to stay there. However, it was more a question of whether the franchise would be willing to sign him. It seems that a deal is likely to be done.
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