Kyrie Irving opts for Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, business news
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has reportedly opted for his $37 million (A$53 million) player option for the 2022-23 NBA season.
That’s according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, which reported that Irving was “circumventing multiple join-and-trade scenarios to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant.”
Although he was initially linked with leaving Brooklyn, either as a free agent or on a sign-and-trade basis, it appears Irving will now stay with the Nets and Durant.
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“Normal people move the world forward, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Irving told Charania.
“I made my decision to register. See you in the fall. A11even.
Although there have been suggestions that Irving will join the Los Angeles Lakers on a cut-price $6 million deal, or via sign-and-trade, the 30-year-old will now become a free agent without restriction in 2023, with an exchange itself not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
“The Nets can still move Irving as an expiring contract, but the opt-in means he’s no longer eligible to get the immediate long-term deal he wanted as part of a sign-and-deal. ‘a trade,” tweeted ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooklyn and Irving still have until June 30 to agree to an extension.