Kyrie Irving is still an All-Star guard for the Brooklyn Nets. At least for now.
Irving announced a trade demand from his third NBA franchise. And while the Nets haven’t traded Irving or announced that they won’t, the franchise made a decision to withhold Irving from tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards.
Brooklyn Nets say Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) is out tonight against Washington Wizards.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 4, 2023
Irving and the Nets tried to work out an extension, but the proposed deal was nowhere close to what Irving’s camp considered their client to be worth.
“Idiotic. Let’s get that out the way,” Stephen A. Smith said Friday on ESPN’s NBA Today, according to Fox News.
“Here’s a guy in Kyrie Irving that for the last three years, who’s gotten most of his money but missed more than 50% of his games, enters the last year after this offseason. Obviously, the situation he got himself into earlier this year was unfortunate, but he resurrected himself from that.”
Irving (seen above in an Oct. 31 game against the Indiana Pacers) played collegiate basketball with the Duke Blue Devils before declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round. He won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016 before joining the Boston Celtics in 2017.
In 2019, Irving joined the Nets.
Only time will tell if Irving will leave the Nets and join a new team.
[Chris Haynes on Twitter; photo from Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports]