With each passing Brooklyn Nets game, it appears that Kyrie Irving will not play a game during this season as he continues to refuse to get vaccinated.
According to The Atheltic’s Shams Charania, Irving, who is sitting out because he has not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, won’t step on the court this year unless he is traded from the Nets.
“Kyrie Irving is nowhere closer to getting the vaccine and he’s not gonna play basketball unless he gets traded. Because unless the Nets come up someday and say, ‘fine, we’re gonna let you play road games, we’re gonna let you practice at home, we’re changing our stance.’ Or unless Kyrie Irving decides to get the shot [he won’t play].”
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Nets are open to a potential trade of Irving, but nobody has come calling with an offer yet.
“To that end, it’s worth noting that, as of late last month, Brooklyn remained open to talking trades involving Irving, per SNY sources. ESPN reported that the Nets were taking calls on potential Irving moves in late October but are not making them. In the weeks following that report, several teams said Brooklyn has continued to take that approach with the All-Star guard,” Begley wrote.
The longer that Kyrie is away from the team, the more the chance of him being traded rises.
Despite his absence, the Nets are still 16-7 on the year, which is god for first in the Eastern Conference.