On Sunday, Kyrie Irving will make his long-awaited return to the Barclays Center for the Brooklyn Nets. And he seems committed to continuing his home-court career with the Nets for the foreseeable future.
After Saturday’s shootaround practise in Miami, where the Nets were playing the Heat, Irving met with the media and told them he was happy to be a member of the Nets and that he wanted to keep playing alongside Kevin Durant.
Kyrie Irving Indicates Plans To Re-Sign
Irving has a player option for next season for $36.5 million. This upcoming summer, he has the option to opt out and sign a five-year contract with the Nets worth up to $246 million.
“I really like it here,” Irving added. “Once summer rolls around, I’m sure we’ll have some talks, but there’s no way I’m leaving my man 7 behind.” That was a shout-out to Durant, the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 7 jersey wearer.
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Nets head coach Steve Nash stated his team wasn’t surprised by Irving’s admission. Brooklyn is prepared as though Irving will be returning for the upcoming season and beyond. If Kyrie returns, “I believe we we all feel confidence that we’ll have Kyrie back,” Nash said. However, “that’s a discussion for the front desk.”
Now that New York City mayor Eric Adams has exempted athletes and performers from the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, Irving made these statements a day before he is due to play his first home Game for the Nets this season. Irving and the Nets play at Miami on Saturday before hosting Charlotte the following day.
Basketball great Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets was just cleared to play in home games again. Even while his home debut this coming Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets has garnered a lot of attention, so has his impending free agency.
Irving’s future with the Nets has been the subject of much conjecture after the team decided to table contract extension talks with him before the start of the season. The issue was first brought up when the team decided they would bench him entirely rather than use him in a reserve role.
Irving’s intentions for his upcoming free agency are now clear. On Saturday, he told reporters that he’s “enjoying where I’m at” and that there’s “no way” he’d ever leave his team with superstar colleague Kevin Durant.
Steve Nash, head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, remarked, “I believe we all feel confidence that we’ll have Kyrie back.” However, “that’s a discussion for the front desk.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed Kevin Durant to a new, $194 million USD contract agreement that will begin with the 2019–20 season and go through the 2026–27 season. Ben Simmons is expected to join the team later this season after recuperating from a ruptured disc.