Logical, it makes zero eager to give Kyrie Irving a long-term contract.
Regardless of your stance on vaccines — because public health is somehow also a political issue — his decision not to get a vaxx for COVID used to be selfish† It was a choice he made for himself, the people who are decision be damned. That, along with Durant’s injury, put the Brooklyn Nets in a bad place after the season as a play-in team. Aaccording to Irving herself, she didn’t have enough time to gel so to really compete against a team as talented as the Boston Celtics in the first round.
There was also the previous season where he missed nine games for “personal reasons” that are still unknown. Irving has had injury issues since he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that’s bad enough. Now, three seasons into his time with the Nets, his availability can be summed up as: He plays when it suits him.
That’s not the type of person to sign a long-term contract unless the organization is the Brooklyn Nets. They’re betting on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to be not only the best players, but business partners with significant decision-making power – it’s Irving who said he sees himself and Durant after the Celtics win to manage the team next to the owner Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks. The problem with Irving having power and influence over team decisions is he active in a? space all to themselves, but the Nets chose to give him and Durant that power.
To try to reset that power now would mean a hard reset for the entire franchise. Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News is: reporting that a source said the Nets are not willing to give Irving a long-term contract extension. Winfield also reports that Durant has not communicated with the front office since the end of the season.
The Nets have one answer to all problems: Give Irving an extension. Do not let him enter free agency or his playeroption to stay with the team for another year. Maybe they can try to reason with him about his availability, but they need to keep Durant healthy and happy. Unfortunately for the Nets, the best way for them to do that is with Irving and Ben Simmonswho was out of the 2020-21 season due to a combination of mental health and back problems – both of which would be a major concern in their own right.
Unless Tsai and Marks have a spectacular selection move that allows Durant on the Nets to bid farewell to Irving, they’re all stuck together. Sorry Tsai, you’re Al Bundy and you’ve got what’s in front of you, so you better get some good jokes to get through it.
While this is an annoying scenario that the Nets find themselves in, it could be worse. It’s an NBA team with real talent on the list. Joe Harris should be back next year, and Bruce Brown and Nic Claxton had some solid moments against the Celtics. Goran Dragić is also an accomplished ball handler and goalscorer who can excel in a smaller role† With a healthy Simmons back playing as one of the NBA’s best defensive stoppers, the Nets are as good as any team in the league. The issue again, naturally counts on a player who cannot be counted on simply show up.
They are business people who run the Nets and probably don’t want to deal with people who aren’t trustworthy enough to show up for work. Their problem is that this untrustworthy person is a self-proclaimed member of the executive team and has as much influence as anyone in the organization.
Look, the Nets hardly judge in New York anyway. At least give the celebrities and hipsters a reason to come to Barclays Center, and the NBA a reason to keep them on national television as often as possible. They should renew Irving and hope for the best. Because while it’s a mystery what will happen if he’s on the team for the next few seasons, it’s clear what will happen if he isn’t. They lose. And that is unassailable logic.