This portion of the Kyrie Irving saga seems to have reached a conclusion. Monday afternoon Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the star guard had deicided to opt-in for to his $37 million player option for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
The Nets and Irving had seemingly reached gridlock and many in the media , and more than a few Lakers fan, were beating the drum of a potential reunion with LeBron James in Los Angeles. However the only way that cane happen, and perhaps it may still be on the table, via a sing and trade but as if June 28 that seems less likely as reportedly Kyrie has expressed his intent to fulfill his contract, but when it comes to this supremely talented yet enigmatic superstar the only certainty seems to be uncertainty.
With irving back in the fold, there is now at least one major domino that may no longer fall- the status of Kyrie’s once again co-star Mr. Kevin Durant. With Irving’s future in the air it put KD’s future with the club began to look very tenuous. Speculations swirled about that Durant would ask for a trade and alreaddy multiple teams had been highlighted as potential suitors. For the moment this speculation has been put on ice.
At a certain, albeit daft, level the reticense on the part of the Nets to give Kyrie a long-term deal is understandable. For a variety of reasons, ( injuries, the effrontery to decide what substances he doesn’t want in his bodies, and his own idiosyncrasies) has limited him to just 103 appearances over his three campaigns in Brooklyn. However in those 103 contests, Irving has been very good, averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds on .490/.406/.920 splits. Additionally his opting-in still keeps the trade possibility on the table down the line , so keep hope , no matter hoe perverse it is, alive Laker fans. Additionally LA fans, if for whatever reason, thjings start to go awry in Brooklyn, you have the media to help fans those trade flames on your behalf.