Kyrie Irving will return to the Brooklyn Nets in 2022
Ricky Gray | June 28, 2022
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The All-Star Point Guard will exercise his $36.5m option to stay with the team.
After questions arose about whether PG Kyrie Irving would stay with the Brooklyn Nets, the question has now been answered. As of right now, it would seem that Irving will return to the team for the 2022 season.
Opting into his contract of $36.5m will at least keep him with the team for another year. Apparently, Irving had a list of teams that he wanted the Nets to work with for a sign-and-trade deal. However, only one team was interested, the Los Angeles Lakers.
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."
Now that he's opted into his deal, Irving is no longer eligible for a sign-and-trade deal. Technically, Brooklyn could work out a trade, but Irving would have no choice in the destination. He has until June 30 of 2023 to work out an extension with the Nets before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Irving only played 29 regular-season games in the 2021-22 season. Through that time he averaged 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds, reminding everyone that he's one of the most talented guards in the NBA.
A seven-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, Irving has averaged 27.1 points and 6 assists while shooting 49% from the field and 40.6% from 3 over the past three seasons.
The real question is will Brooklyn move on from Irving by trading him away? Or will they stick with him and try to get themselves back into championship contention?
The Nets still have Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons on their roster. Questions surrounding both of these players have dominated NBA news.
Whether Simmons will actually take the court next season is something that has yet to be answered.