Brooklyn Nets fans have been watching and waiting to get confirmation on whether star player, Kyrie Irving and the Nets would come to an agreement or if Irving would be requesting a trade. After plenty of trade rumors hit the Internet, it’s finally been decided that the 2016 NBA champion is opting into his player option to remain on the team for the 2022-23 season.
Making A Decision Ahead Of The Deadline
The deadline for a decision on whether Irving, 30, was going to pick up his $36.5 million player option was set for June 29, but the news broke of his decision two days early. He was originally seeking a long-term deal, but it’s been reported that the Nets did not want to entertain that option. Irving told The Athletic, “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”
Prepared To Leave Brooklyn
Irving was considering the options if he left Brooklyn and had a list of teams he would want the Nets to consider with a sign-and-trade if they couldn’t come to terms with a mutual deal to stay. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the only team known to be interested in a trade involving Irving was the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Nets had no interest in any of the packages the Lakers were looking for. Irving decided on the player option since there wasn’t a viable sign-and-trade deal. He is now no longer eligible for a sign-and-trade deal, but the Nets could still work to trade him as an expiring contract. Although, at that point Irving would not have a voice in a potential landing spot.