The Brooklyn Nets could have quite a conundrum on their hands this NBA season. Their superstar point guard, Kyrie Irving, could miss significant time with the team given the vaccination mandates that have been put in by the state of New York.
It is the same situation that the Golden State Warriors are in with Andrew Wiggins but that has since been resolved. San Francisco and New York City both mandate that all New York Knicks, BrooklynnNets, and Warriors need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to practice or play in home games.
Irving conducted his media session via Zoom in accordance with the league rules. He declined any questions about his vaccine status and will be keeping that private. He said that everything will be released at a due date when things are cleared up.
This is going to be a difficult situation for everyone to handle. If he remains unvaccinated, he will not be allowed to take part in any events with the Nets held in New York City. That means he would miss at least 41 regular-season games and any postseason games that are held at Barclays Center.
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Could trading him be an option? It seems like a long shot, as there have been reports that Irving would simply retire from the NBA should he be traded away by the Brooklyn Nets. With that looming, the Nets would never be able to get fair value for him, but they could certainly try.
The Nets management, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving reportedly will be meeting soon to discuss whether or not Irving can be a ‘part-time’ player. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated ‘a lot is riding’ on Irving’s short and long-term future with the organization.
Here are three teams who should monitor an Irving trade with the Brooklyn Nets should the team look into trading him.