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Sport Kyrie Irving's contract: Why the Nets may not offer him the max

11:21  14 october  2021
11:21  14 october  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Nets owner hopes to see Kyrie Irving 'play fully' during 2021-22 season

  Nets owner hopes to see Kyrie Irving 'play fully' during 2021-22 season Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving didn't show up to media day because he is unvaccinated, and team owner Joe Tsai hopes the star point guard changes his mind. © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving "So Kyrie talks about it as a sort of personal choice issue, which I respect. But we all need to not forget that our goal," Tsai told The New York Post's Brian Lewis. "What is our goal this year? What's our purpose this year? It's very, very clear: Win a championship. And the championship team needs to have everybody pulling the same direction.

Kyrie Irving ' s immediate on court future remains up in the air, with the multiple time All-Star no certainty to return any time in the near future. Eligible for an extension, there are many reasons why the team may opt to remove what once seemed like an easy The future availability of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving remains up in the air as an opening night meeting against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks fast approaches. Irving will remain at home for the marquee matchup as the immediate future of the Nets will seemingly move forward without Irving , but what about the long term?

Kyrie Irving . (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images). A lot can and most assuredly will change between now and then. But if he maintains his vaccine stance and further deteriorates his relationship with the Nets , he' s putting at risk more than 0 million that would otherwise be guaranteed. There' s no reason to believe that the Nets wouldn't offer Irving the extension under normal circumstances. Prior to Tuesday, it was believed that the Nets would consider playing Irving part-time if he continued to maintain his vaccine status that prohibits him from playing home games per New York' s requirement

With opening night of the 2021-22 season just days away, the future availability of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving remains up in the air.

The Nets will begin their regular season in Milwaukee against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks with Irving at home.

The immediate future of the Nets will seemingly move forward without Irving, but what about the long term?

Rewind to early August and Nets GM Sean Marks said he was "confident" the franchise would sign both Irving and James Harden to extensions by the beginning of training camp.

Now come back to the present day, and The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the Nets are no longer putting the extension offer on the table. A potential max extension would be worth $187 million over four years for the 29-year-old guard.

Nets undecided about accomodating unvaccinated Kyrie Irving as a part-time player

  Nets undecided about accomodating unvaccinated Kyrie Irving as a part-time player Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources with @Brian Windhorst: The Brooklyn Nets remain unclear on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s ultimate intentions to get vaccinated and have made no decision on whether the organization will accommodate him as a part-time player this season. Story soon on ESPN. © Provided by HoopsHype Source: Twitter @wojespn What’s the buzz on Twitter? Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed Those Kyrie Irving trade/retirement rumors have become a lot more believable since NYC announced the vax mandate. This is a headache, man. – 8:59 PM John Hollinger @johnhollinger PISCATAWAY, N.J.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Boston Celtics in April. Getty Images. If Irving does not get vaccinated for the entire NBA season, he would lose roughly million from the Nets , according to ESPN’ s Bobby Marks. Irving could also be in danger of losing money he earns from his Nike NKE, +0.44% sponsorship deal. Brands like Nike and Adidas ADS, +1.42% ADDYY, +1.86% routinely include reduction clauses in their contracts with athletes that protect them if the athlete misses significant playing time from or retires.

Just hours after he released a statement to address the ongoing Kyrie Irving /COVID-19 vaccine drama, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks held a "hastily scheduled" virtual news conference to talk with media members about the team' s decision. © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving . Marks' statement on Tuesday morning said that Irving would not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to become a full participant under local COVID-19 vaccination requirements.


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Unable to play home games with the Nets due to New York City's vaccine mandate, Irving is set to lose $381,181 per game, which will quickly add up if the stalemate continues. It should be noted that he would be paid for scheduled road games even if he isn't with the team, as the franchise made the decision not to have him with the squad.

According to Spotrac, the 7-time All-Star has a $36 million player option for the 2022-23 season.

Operating well over the cap, the Nets would be loath to lose Irving in free agency for no return, but aside from the current absence, Irving has suffered from a number of injuries in recent seasons, most notably with his knees.

Nets players unmoved by Kyrie Irving's vaccination status

  Nets players unmoved by Kyrie Irving's vaccination status Nets players

Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he didn’t want to lose salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets , but was doing “what’ s best for me” by refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP. The Nets are championship contenders and Irving said he didn’t want to miss the opportunity he has with them. General manager Sean Marks said the team would gladly welcome Irving back under the right circumstances, and Irving made clear he was going to play again.

Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has confirmed Kyrie Irving "will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," as issues relating to the star guard' s vaccination status continue.

Seeing the floor in just 74 regular season games over the course of the last two seasons, the guard has appeared in over 70 games just once season since 2015.

Well and truly locked into their championship window, the franchise may reasonably make the decision that a multi-year extension is not within the best interests of the franchise moving forward. If they do reach this conclusion, it could open up the possibility of a trade, though guaging the current market for Irving is a difficult task to undertake.

For Brooklyn, the situation is far from ideal but hardly critical. While they would obviously love to have Irving on the floor alongside James Harden and Kevin Durant, the team is arguably still the favourite to come out of the Eastern Conference and possibly win the title.

The postseason is six months away, giving both parties more than enough time to come to a solution, but given the current uncertainty, taking an extension offer off the table makes the most sense.

Report: Kyrie Irving upset with vaccine mandates leading to his stance, situation .
Irving's logic is hard to follow.Irving may not be happy with that, but he believes he is fighting a bigger fight and speaking up for people often ignored, which is why he has not changed his stance.

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