Kyrie Irving Opting In To The Final Year of His Contract With the Brooklyn Nets
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Kyrie Irving, the one time NBA champ and point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, has decided to opt into the final year of his contract with the Nets. At that point there won't be any surprises about what he could do in terms of his status nor the fear of him taking a drastic pay-cut next season. He will now just be an experienced player on an expiring contract next season, and players in those positions are much easier to maneuver.
To be honest they are way less of a hassle to trade than impending free agents. When a franchise acquires a player through a sign-and-trade, they trigger a hard cap at the luxury tax bracket, expected to come in at around $155.7 million next season.
Kyrie is said to be interested in six teams besides the Nets for next season: which includes the Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, 76ers, the Miami Heat, and the New York Knicks.
The Lakers and Clippers have already exceeded their cap and a deal will be close to impossible. Miami, Philly, and Dallas will struggle as well, even if not as much as the teams on the West coast.
Only the Knicks are in a position to comfortably absorb Irving through a trade, and it's not clear that they are even interested in that.
"Irving is bypassing multiple opt-in and trade scenarios to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Nets and Kevin Durant," The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted when he reported the news of Kyrie Irving's decision.