“Desire is to make Brooklyn home” Kyrie Irving urges for long-term deal extension with Brooklyn Nets
As the trade deadline comes closer, the NBA franchises are getting worked up to draw up new and extended contracts for the coming future. The Brooklyn Nets are no exception to this trend.
The Nets are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, having a 29-18 record with four wins in their last ten games. They have a strong chance to secure the playoffs in the postseason. However, they have not been the most consistent team in the NBA so far.
Kyrie Irving, the Nets’ star point guard, is one of the main reasons for the team’s inconsistency. On the court, an extraordinarily dominant character should help the Nets achieve their goal, but his recent behavior may reflect poorly on the team.
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What is Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets?
There were several rumors that the 30-year-old superstar would be benched for the upcoming season. His current contract, which pays him more than $36 million per year, expires at the end of this season. Kyrie should sign a contract extension after his original contract expires in 2019.
However, his recent tantrum over anti-Semitic remarks and his contract termination with Nike have forced him into an awkward corner. It appeared his behavior was affecting his performance on the court; furthermore, his stance on the race issue also became an image crisis for the franchise.
However, it seems the rough patch has passed as the athlete is back in his natural form. He scored an average of 26.8 points with 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in 36 appearances this season. and thus, the seven-time NBA all-star may want to extend his tenure with the Nets.
His agent, Shetelia Irving, also sang in the same tune, saying, “Around Kyrie and staying with the Nets? I have reached out to the Nets regarding this. We have had no significant conversations to date. The desire is to make Brooklyn home, with the right type of extension, which means the ball is in the Nets’ court to communicate now if their desire is the same.”
From their perspective, we can assume there will be a long-term deal coming for the FIBA World Cup MVP. If this occurs, the Nets may be willing to settle for another four-year deal with the player opting out of the final year.
However, in the context of salary, there will be a huge jump from the previous one.
In the current contract, Irving signed for $136.5 million, which ends up in his annual salary.
We at SportsZion projected that the next contract would be worth $160.5 million, with $38 million paid out in the first year and $40 million, $40.5 million, and $42 million paid out over the next three years.
What are your thoughts on the contract offer made to Kyrie Irving? Will he be able to prove his worth to the Brooklyn Nets? Only time will tell.
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