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Kyrie Irving opts-In to Nets; his strange journey continues…

Kyrie Irving opts-In to Nets; his strange journey continues…

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Jun 28
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Kyrie Irving has chosen to exercise his $36.5 million option with the Brooklyn Nets for next season, he told The Athletic on Monday.

The Nets and Irving have had discussions about a possible extension since the end of last season, which has resulted in developing bad blood between the two sides.

Irving has until June 30 to sign a long-term extension with the Nets, but he will then become a free agent in 2023. However, the Nets are hesitant to offer Irving a long-term extension because of his injury history.

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Path of Destruction

Irving’s attempt to prove his own superstar credentials outside the orbit of LeBron James has failed miserably. Every stop since Cleveland has been a disaster for him. Despite the Boston Celtics’ success in the Conference Finals before him, and their success in the NBA Finals after him, he never took responsibility for failing to make the team better. Irving’s super-team Brooklyn venture with Kevin Durant and James Harden nosedived, but in truth, it never got off the ground.

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What Now?

A Kevin Durant trade is unlikely now that Irving is back. They joined the Nets together in 2019, and Durant had reportedly been weighing his options if Irving left. As opposed to Irving, Durant is under contract for four years and is not eligible for free agency

The Nets already lost one star last season when James Harden forced his way to Philadelphia. Had they lost a second in Irving, they might have fallen out of the championship picture entirely just three years after landing their first two stars.

But now, with Irving and Durant seemingly back in the fold and Ben Simmons set to return to the court next season, the Nets should be among the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

  • Kyrie Irving

    Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association .

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  • Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

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  • Kevin Durant

    Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association . He played one season of college basketball for the Texas Longhorns,

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