According to some reports, Kyrie Irving is letting his agent talk on his behalf that it’s Brooklyn or retirement. FS1’s Nick Wright reported on Wednesday that a handful of Irving trades out there potentially make sense for the Nets. However, Irving’s agents have made it known that the 29-year-old will retire from the league if Brooklyn decides to trade him.
Irving, a seven-time All-Star who has already won an NBA championship, will be entering his third season with the Nets. His contract runs through 2023 and has $71.7 million remaining on it.
In August, NET general manager Sean Marks said the front office was “very confident” it would be able to sign both Irving and James Harden to contract extensions after previously signing Kevin Durant to a new four-year, $194.2 million deal.
Irving is an elite talent, and it would take something insane for the Nets to consider trading him. If Irving didn’t come to the Nets, neither was Durant and eventually Harden. Irving does a lot of work outside of basketball so that the retirement angle talks could be valued.