Kyrie Irving reveals his future with the Brooklyn Nets

New York, New York- Kyrie Irving confirmed he will remain with the Brooklyn Nets after a disappointing first-round 4-0 sweep against the Boston Celtics.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reacted during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reacted during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)  © USA TODAY Sports

Irving scored 20 points with five rebounds and five assists in the decisive 116-112 Game 4 loss on Monday.

The mercurial guard has a player option in his contract for the 2022-23 season, which means he can decide whether to stay for the $ 36 million he has agreed to, or he could void the last year and enter negotiations for a long-term deal with the Nets, or any other team with cap space.

When asked in his post-game press conference, Irving said: "I don't really plan on going anywhere."

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He later took it even further as he spoke about rebuilding the team through his "co-management relationship" with the Nets front office.

"This is added motivation for our franchise to be at the top of the league for the next few years," he said.

"When I say I'm here with 'Kev' [Kevin Durant], I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside [owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks], and just our group of family members that we have in our locker room and our organization.

"I think we've just got to make some moves this offseason – and really talk about, and really be intentional about, what we're building."

Irving was unavailable for home games until late March due to his refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

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