Kyrie Irving Reveals He Will 'Opt In' on Brooklyn Nets Contract

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Kyrie Irving is set to remain with the Brooklyn Nets after revealing he will opt in on his $36.5 million option for next season.

The 30-year-old endured a difficult 2021-22 season with the Nets, with New York City’s vaccine mandate preventing the unvaccinated point guard from playing home games and the franchise opting to leave him out altogether until halfway through the season.

Eventually, New York City mayor Eric Adams reversed the vaccine in late March, permitting vaccination exemptions for athletes and performers such as Irving, but Brooklyn’s season was shaky by then.

The Nets also missed the playoffs and traded out James Harden in February in a deal which landed Ben Simmons who ultimately didnt play in the 2021-22 season.

The trade broke up Brooklyn’s Big Three of Harden, Irving and Kevin Durant and that’s gradually led to speculation that all could exit.

“Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Irving told The Athletic.

“I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”

It is understood Irving must file his paperwork to opt in by Wednesday 5pm Eastern Time, given he’s no longer eligible for a sign-and-trade deal. He had created a wishlist of teams for the Nets to consider a trade.

The seven-time All Star averaged 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds last season but played only 27 regular season games.

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