The free agency saga of Kyrie Irving, should he even make it to the open market, is one that will garner a ton of attention. Irving has a player option for the 2022-23 NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets worth about $36 million, but it sounds as if he is going to decline that option and seek a long-term deal.
Committing a five-year, $245.6 million deal, which he is eligible to sign, is not something the Nets are currently willing to do. In fact, they reportedly are unwilling to sign Irving to a long-term deal, which is understandable. They have been unable to count on him since he joined the organization to remain on the court, as he is unpredictable.
Irving has missed some time because of injury, which is a bit fluky as something he cannot control. However, some of the time missed has been self-inflicted as Irving has missed time for social issues and because of his choice to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
If the only thing that went into landing a long-term deal was the performance on the court, Irving it would be a no-brainer to pay Irving. Unfortunately, it is not that simple and all of these things need to be taken into account.
LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Brooklyn Nets Unwilling To Give Kyrie Irving Long-Term Deal
But, in the end, talent always wins out and Irving does possess a lot of it. There aren’t many people in the world that can do what he does with a basketball in their hands.
If the Nets are truly done with Kyrie Irving, there are a number of teams that would show interest in him. Here are some of the best and worst landing spots for the polarizing point guard.