NBA Updates: Kyrie Irving is “bypassing” sign-and-trade options to stay committed to the Nets
According to Shams Charania on Twitter, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is “opting into his $37 million player option” for the 2022–23 season. Plus, Shams added that Irving is “bypassing multiple opt-in and trade scenarios” to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant.
Kyrie Irving played us.
This time, Kyrie was the one who played chess and all of us, including the media, played checkers.
It is official.
According to Shams Charania on Twitter, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is “opting into his $37 million player option” for the 2022–23 season. Plus, Shams added that Irving is “bypassing multiple opt-in and trade scenarios” to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant.”
Furthermore, after Shams delivered the news about Kyrie staying with the Nets, Kyrie himself wasted no time and tweeted:
“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.”
With this tweet, the entire NBA twitter fans went on a frenzy and most of them knew Kyrie would remain a Net. For some, their fantasy dreams never happened, so were mine.
That was tough to swallow right there.
When the news first broke that Kyrie and the Nets were on an “impasse”, I should’ve “read the room”. Normally, whenever a superstar doesn’t agree with contract negotiations, he will do whatever it takes to take leverage and avoid the franchise as long as possible…until both sides agree to a deal.
In this case, Kyrie did exactly that.
Meanwhile, those who believed the news (including me), we're creating sign-and-trade scenarios on which team is the best fit for Ky at the time. Among the teams Kyrie chose, there was only one team who was willing to get him, and the Lakers “rejected” the Nets trade offer for some odd reason.
According to Legion Hoops, a legit source, Russell Westbrook was added to the trade package, but the Nets were not interested in that trade deal. The only explanation for this denial request was simple: Kevin Durant does not want to play with Russ. That has to be the reason why the trade offer did not go through unless KD leaves and Kyrie was the only main superstar there.
My takeaway from this new information regarding Kyrie deciding to opt-in and stay with the Nets speaks to his commitment to be an “available” teammate and friend to KD. After all, with Ky staying, they are now the legit favorites to come out of the East and go up against their eventual opponent, the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
I wonder how 4-time NBA champion Draymond Green is thinking knowing what just transpired due to the fact that Ky will remain a Net, and maybe for life.
At least we don’t have to worry every day about Kyrie being involved in trade scenarios and causing more disfunction around the Nets’ franchise.
This is what I called the ‘New Media”.
The “Kyrie to the Lakers” talk is over.
I am sorry for Lakers fans tho, though not sorry (laughs hard).
That was all the news I have for you today!
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