NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that just because Kyrie Irving opted into his $36.5 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets doesn't neccessarily mean he will be in Brooklyn next season. This week, Irving announced his decision to pick a player option for the final season of his deal with the Nets.
Before Irving opted in, the Nets were reportedly in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers' offer seemingly didn't thrill the Nets and they rejected the Lakers' offer. However, there is still a chance Irving plays on another team next year.
"When Kyrie announced he was opting in, I was like 'okay, we can move on. This won't be a thing,' Windhorst said, per Real GM. "But that's not what my phone was telling me. That's not what the executives were telling me. That's not what the agents were telling me.
They are saying this ain't over, because the Nets made it clear to everybody they did not want the status quo. If nothing else changed, they were not going to be happy. They were not sure if that this satisfied that situation.
It was not just because of the lack of the vaccine mandate. The entire way that Kyrie operated for the last couple of seasons, not just what happened with the vaccine, was part of what Sean Marks, and really by proxy Joe Tsai, was talking about at the end of the season.
I would like to say this can be put to bed, but that's not what my sources are saying. They don't know if this is going to work."
Wojnarowski on the Irving situation
Irving has brought lots of negative attention to the Nets since signing with them in 2019.
Last season, Irving missed over 50 games and it was mostly because of his vaccine stance. However, Wojnarowski reports Irving's vaccine drama wasn't the only thing they're not happy about. "It wasn't just about the vaccine mandate," Windhorst added.
"It was about Kyrie Irving treated his teammates. About the way Kyrie Irving treated his coaches. So part of this renegotiation wasn't just going to be about a contract extension. It was going to be about a renegotiation of how the team operated." If Irving leaves the Nets, there is a chance Kevin Durant demands a trade too.
Irving and Durant are still considered as one of the best players in the league and the Nets are in danger of losing both of their stars.