- Kyrie Irving has opted into his $37M player option
- The news signals a return to the Nets, and presumably, Kevin Durant
- The announcement ends an offseason drama, and it has the NBA talking
It’s official. Kyrie Irving will be back in Brooklyn for the upcoming season.
The star point guard announced on Monday that he plans to opt into his $37 million player option with the Nets signaling a return to the team and, presumably, Kevin Durant.
NBA insider Shams Charania broke the news on Twitter, which ends a months-long drama that’s unfolded this offseason.
There were rumors that Irving was insistent on leaving the Nets for LeBron and the Lakers. Other reports stated that Brooklyn was okay letting their star players walk.
When all was said and done, though, Kyrie decided it was best to stay put.
The money certainly had an effect. Had Irving opted to leave for a franchise like the Lakers, he would’ve missed out on $30 million. Still, the fact that he’s chosen to return after stirring up everyone around the NBA has fans fed up.
Irving weighed in on his decision after Charania broke the news.
“Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”
He then posted a GIF from the hit show Shameless on his Twitter timeline.
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) June 27, 2022
Now that the saga has ended, fans and media are beginning to react on social media.
NBA world responds to Kyrie Irving opting into his player option with the Nets
Nets fans have to be happy with the news. This signals the return of one star, which should impact Kevin Durant’s future, too.
Nets fans right now: pic.twitter.com/9lf5kvbSoQ
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) June 27, 2022
Most of the NBA, though, is pointing at Lakers fans who got their hopes up for no reason at all.
Lakers fans in shambles 😭😭
— IG @otfwhodat⚜️ (@4pfwhodat) June 27, 2022
Lakers fans thought they could sign Kyrie for 6Mil😭 pic.twitter.com/FZQJvZtnDn
— 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙩𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚🔥 (@WadexFlash) June 27, 2022
The lakers’ downfall is so beautiful man pic.twitter.com/1ocJbXlr9G
— Sydel Pls Forgive Me For The Names🏆💍 (@_b0y1da_) June 27, 2022
Lakers fans rn pic.twitter.com/kxhTD7CWra
— Rcito 🇵🇷⚡️ (@ramon_rican) June 27, 2022
Tough scene for fans in LA.
For Brooklyn, they’ll hope the trio of Irving, Durant, and Ben Simmons will lead them to an NBA Championship in 2023. After that, there’s no telling what will happen to the Nets.