Report: Kyrie Irving’s vaccination intentions unclear; Nets’ optimism ‘wanes’ | Launderer report

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The plot thickened over Kyrie Irving’s position with the Brooklyn Nets.

While Irving would remain unvaccinated and unable to train in Brooklyn or play with the team in home games given New York City’s vaccination mandates for professional sporting events, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst ESPN reported on Tuesday that the team remained undecided whether to “host him as a part-time player.”

Adrien Wojnarowski @wojespn

There had been previous optimism Irving would get the shot and fulfill local terms, but that hope faded and Irving’s continued resistance to the shot prepared the Nets for the possibility that they would be without him for practice. at home and games for the foreseeable future. https://t.co/zysmp31bsl

It will become a very complicated situation if the unvaccinated status reported by Irving remains. On the one hand, he will give up a lot of money.

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews

“Any player who chooses not to comply with local vaccination warrants will not be paid for games they miss,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement to reporters.

New York and San Francisco both require COVID vaccinations (in New York, have at least one shot) to play

Tim bontemps @Tim bontemps

Relationship with @ BobbyMarks42 NBA and NBPA have agreed to a pay cut of 1 / 91.6th of a player’s salary for each game an unvaccinated player misses in their home market due to local laws. For example, Kyrie Irving would lose about $ 381,000 per game.

Bobby Marques @BobbyMarks42

Here’s what Kyrie Irving stands to lose financially:

$ 381,181 for each missed home game

💰2 preseason games: $ 762K
💰41 home games: $ 15.6 million
💰2 games in NYK: $ 762,000
💰Bonus: $ 413,000
💰 Playoffs: to be determined

Irving is also eligible for an extension: 4 years / $ 187 million

On the other hand, it puts the Nets in an incredibly difficult situation. Imagine Irving missing half the season and not being able to play a home game during the playoffs. For a team with championship aspirations, this is an unacceptable result.

As Wojnarowski and Windhorst reported, “The Nets could be faced with a decision soon as to whether they will allow Irving to come and go with the team inside and outside New York – or just keep him on the sidelines all together.”

They added that head coach Steve Nash has previously said the team will not be moving their training location to accommodate Irving and that the organization believes they have “externally supported Irving’s process to consider the vaccination and thinks he listened, supported and educated him, but the collective patience of the franchise will be tested more and more as Irving does not commit to join the team full time. “

The subtext here is pretty straightforward: If Irving’s reported unvaccinated status persists, the Nets will eventually have to consider trading him.

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix

These are unprecedented circumstances, but Irving’s inability to train in Brooklyn – aside from being unavailable for Nets 41 home games – makes Irving’s idea as a part-time player. unrealistic.

But attempting to trade him could end up being even more complicated, with FS1’s Nick Wright reporting in September that Irving could simply choose to retire if the Nets trade him. Irving had a pretty pointed answer to this report:

A11Pair @KyrieIrving

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True or not, the uncertainty surrounding Irving would absolutely affect its trading market:

First take @First take

Kyrie Irving has already disclosed of her camp that says, ‘Hey, if I go somewhere else, I don’t play. I will not play, I will retire. “”@realjaywilliams and @stephenasmith react to Kyrie Irving misses Nets media day in person due to coronavirus vaccine requirements in New York City. pic.twitter.com/HjaXpDZc1m

Brian mahoney @briancmhoney

Sadly, that’s a terribly short list of teams that would swap for a guy that no one can be sure he really wants to play. https://t.co/xnHgK9mais

Unless Irving’s reported unvaccinated status changes or he accepts a trade, the Nets are in a pretty impossible position. For a Nets team that is the clear favorite to win a title with a healthy Durant, Harden and Irving on the pitch, it’s hard to imagine a less attractive situation.



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