Kyrie Irving reportedly plans to play in Brooklyn with or without Kevin Durant

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Although a definitive decision has yet to be made, NBA Insider Shams Charania of The Athletic reported this afternoon that Kyrie Irving Doesn’t want to be sent out of Brooklyn, and intends to play with the Nets at least next season.

For most of the offseason, Irving is widely considered to be based out of Brooklyn, with the Lakers as a popular destination for the services of a point guard. Those rumors only intensified when Kevin Durant, who was linked with the Boston Celtics this morning, requested a trade after a disappointing 2021-22 Nets campaign.

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets smiles during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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regardless of Durant’s whereaboutsIrving wants to live in Brooklyn.

“Kyrie Irving chose (in his contract) the full intention of playing as the Brooklyn Nets next season,” Charania said. The Pat McAfee Show, “What I’m told is what’s on his mind, he’s going to be playing in Brooklyn next year with or without Kevin Durant in a variety of ways.”

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets plays defense during Round 1 Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets plays defense during Round 1 Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Kiri’s preference to stay net shouldn’t change much, regardless of whether Durant traded Brooklyn’s View, In the pair’s three seasons since joining the Nets, Irving and Durant have shared court only 57 times.

Charnia further discussed Irving’s decision to opt-in and his desire to stay with Brooklyn, telling Pat McAfee: “He was going to make the best decision for himself and Kevin Durant, on the other hand, was clearly his also taking decisions.

“But from what I’ve been told, you know, Kiri Irving has made up his mind—he wants to play in Brooklyn next season and be an unrestricted free agent next summer.”

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during Round 1 Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during Round 1 Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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In June, Irving opted for a one-year player extension that would pay him $36.5 million for the upcoming season. And though she wishes to live in Brooklyn, that doesn’t necessarily stop the organization from packing her up.

“If Brooklyn manages to find a deal for Kevin Durant before the season, can they look to move Axle and Kyrie Irving? Certainly. Anything is possible, Charania said. The price tag on the move will probably be one first-round pick or multiple first-round pick type asset.

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets tries to go around Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during game four of the Eastern Conference first round playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116–112.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets tries to go around Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during game four of the Eastern Conference first round playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116–112.
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“I don’t think they’re going to give Kyrie Irving a second rounder.”

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