The rocky relationship between the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving has been taken to another level with the franchises latest decision regarding their controversial point guard.
A day after the Brooklyn Nets announced that Kyrie Irving won’t play in any games as long as he’s in violation of New York City’s vaccine requirement, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the team won’t offer him a $186 million contract extension that he’s eligible to sign.
Charania reported this on “The Glue Guys” podcast on Wednesday.
“Clearly at the end of the day, that is not something they felt like they wanted to do,” Charania said of Brooklyn’s option to play Irving on road games this season where he would be eligible regardless of his vaccine status. “He was willing to sacrifice, at the end of the day, $16 million in salary this upcoming year and $186 million as far as an extension that he will not be offered now.”
Irving will lose out on $16 million if he remains in violation of New York’s vaccine protocols for the entire season. Irving has a $36.5 million player option on his contract next season. If he opts out and doesn’t sign an extension with the Nets, he’ll become a free agent.
The seven-time All-Star point guard is refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine and is showing zero signs in changing his stance.
Kyrie has played in 74 regular season games for the Nets, averaging 27 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists. In nine playoff games for the Nets he’s averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.