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The Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving: What’s Next?

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By: Nina Cray

Prior to this NBA season, the Nets were highly favored and expected by many to play for a championship. 

However, Nets fans were disappointed, and some were surprised to see the Nets leave the postseason without a single win after being swept by the Boston Celtics.

Brooklyn has Kevin Durant on lock for a while – the superstar signed a contract extension last offseason that will keep him in Brooklyn until after the 2025-26 campaign, but what about Kyrie Irving?

The Nets may be hesitant to offer an extension to Irving for a multitude of reasons – especially after the events of this season. Kyrie’s injury history wouldn’t be appealing to any team seeking a long-term commitment, and his refusal to get vaccinated cost the superstar – and the team – valuable season wins.

Going forward, Brooklyn is simply being more cautious when it comes to the guard, especially with the possibility that New York could reinstate a vaccine mandate, sidelining Kyrie yet again.

Irving has expressed his desire to stay with the Nets, but it should be noted as well that he has a $36.5 million player option that he could decline this summer – making him an unrestricted free agent.

Senior NBA writer Kristian Winfield said that if Kyrie Irving does depart from the Nets, it might frustrate superstar Kevin Durant – Kyrie being a prime reason he wanted to play with them.

He wrote, “If Irving leaves the Nets, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Durant becomes frustrated with the organization’s ability to put championship pieces around him.”

Despite negotiations definitely being in the works, the Nets haven’t offered a comment at this time.


May 25th, 2022. SB Nation Nets Daily. “As free agency gets closer, negotiations begin.” <>

Wysong, David. April 27th, 2022. Sportscasting. “Kyrie Irving Contract: is the Nets Guard a Free Agent in 2022?” <>

Wimbish, Jasmyn. May 25th, 2022. CBS Sports. “Nets unwilling to give Kyrie Irving long-term contract, per report.” <>

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