Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving will opt into the final year of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania. Irving could have opted out and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason free to explore the marketplace for his services. Instead, he will earn $37 million next season to remain in Brooklyn. 

“Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Irving said, according to Charania. “I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”

Irving’s decision technically does not prevent the Nets from seeking a trade, but Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Irving was unable to find a home through a sign-and-trade. Charania reported that there were multiple opt-in and trade scenarios that Irving and the Nets are bypassing, and it appears as though Irving will at least begin nextseason in Brooklyn.

Irving will still be eligible to sign a long-term extension with the Nets up until June 30, but he will otherwise be slated for 2023 free agency. Irving’s inability to secure a long-term extension from the Nets is part of what fueled the rumors of a possible departure. Irving missed the beginning of last season and most of Brooklyn’s home games due to a New York City vaccine mandate that has now been lifted.

Courtesy: CBS Sports


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