‘The ball is within the Nets’ court docket’

Kyrie Irving desires to remain in Brooklyn.

The Nets star is outwardly prepared to debate a possible contract extension with the franchise, his agent and stepmom Shetellia Irving informed Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes.

Irving is within the closing 12 months of a four-year, $136 million cope with the Nets. He’s eligible for a most four-year extension value about $200 million. If that deal isn’t reached, Irving will change into a free agent this offseason.

Shetellia has reached out to the Nets about beginning these talks, however mentioned she hasn’t heard something again but.

“Round Kyrie and staying with the Nets? I’ve reached out to the Nets concerning this,” Shetellia informed Bleacher Report. “We now have had no important conversations up to now. The need is to make Brooklyn house, with the best sort of extension, which implies the ball is within the Nets’ court docket to speak now if their need is identical.”

Irving’s time with the Nets has been something however clean, particularly in latest months.

Irving was suspended for eight video games in November after he posted an antisemitic documentary on Twitter after which refused to apologize or denounce the documentary or its message for per week. The Nets suspended him for 5 video games, after which added several stipulations before he could return. Nike minimize ties with Irving after the incident, too, and canceled the launch of his next signature shoe — which is one among its hottest sneaker strains.

Irving additionally misplaced greater than $15 million final season for refusing to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, one thing {that a} native New York Metropolis mandate required he have with the intention to play within the metropolis. This refusal stalled discussions on a contact extension last year, too.

Irving has averaged 26.7 factors, 5.1 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 video games for the Nets this season. The Nets are set to tackle the Philadelphia 76ers subsequent on Wednesday night time.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving’s push for a contract extension comes simply months after he was suspended for pushing an antisemitic documentary, after which refusing to apologize, on Twitter. (AP/Rick Bowmer)

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