- Kyrie Irving is set to lose his shoe deal with Nike, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
- Nike isn’t looking to renew his deal once it runs out at the end of next season.
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Kyrie Irving has, for quite some time, had one of Nike’s most popular signature shoes, but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case for much longer.
Nike’s biggest concern about the Nets guard is the “uncertainties surrounding Irving’s NBA future.” Irving’s current deal with the company is reportedly worth $11 million per year.
ESPN’s report details the “turbulence” surrounding Irving noting the Nets’ noncommittal stance on giving him a long-term contract and the fact that he is unvaccinated, which forced him to miss a majority of Brooklyn’s season.
It’s also worth remembering that Irving bashed the Nike Kyrie 8 shoe last July calling it “trash” while insisting he had nothing to do with the design of the sneaker.
Given how popular Kyries have been over the years, among fans and basketball players at all levels, including players all around the league, the news of Nike backing out is surprising.
Perhaps Nike is looking to bring a new, young player into the fold and create a new signature shoe. Memphis point guard Ja Morant comes to mind right away.
NBA Fans React To Kyrie Irving Losing His Shoe Deal With Nike
— uGcugcwa (@LuthandoZama24) May 13, 2022
Nike on a mission to make all the sneakers I like to play in the most impossible to get https://t.co/FVgCAZ46yq
— Maggio (@kylemaggio) May 13, 2022
— Joseph McCauley (@Josephus_47) May 13, 2022
This is a huge L by Nike. Kyries shoes are some of the league’s and fan favourite. https://t.co/TMWT0Re5WQ
— Mandem Wicked (@takenfieediat) May 13, 2022