While it’s been assumed and reported throughout the offseason that the Brooklyn Nets would look to trade superstar point guard Kyrie Irving this offseason, it’s looking more and more like Irving will be back with Brooklyn for at least one more season.
According to a report from NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic, Irving has been back with the team and holding “constructive dialogue” with the organization this offseason.
“All-Star Kyrie Irving also opted into his $37 million player option, committed to the 2022-23 season in Brooklyn and sources with knowledge of the situation say he has been working out with teammates and holding constructive dialogue with the organization this offseason,” Charania wrote. “Brooklyn has made clear to interested teams that they plan to keep the seven-time All-Star, according to sources.”
Charania’s latest report is consistent with what has been reported about Irving for the past month with Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer saying that it “seems pretty clear Kyrie’s accepting the fact that he is overwhelmingly likely to be back in Brooklyn.”
Meanwhile, Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant is still actively seeking a trade from the team. While the Boston Celtics reportedly remain the frontrunner to land Durant, the Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly making a push to land the NBA megastar, as well.
It’s certainly not been a quiet offseason in Brooklyn.