Chris Haynes: Nets intend to keep Kyrie Irving sidelined until trade deadline
The Brooklyn Nets intend to keep superstar Kyrie Irving out of action until the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 9, according to NBA insider Chris Haynes. News of Irving’s trade request became public on Friday after he and the Nets were unable to come to terms on a contract extension that satisfied both parties.
Per multiple reports, it appears that Brooklyn is trying to get what it can for Irving so that they can still be a contender in this upcoming postseason. Despite Irving’s trade demand looming over the organization, the Nets were able to overcome a 23-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Irving has been trying to get a contract extension from the Nets since this past offseason, but has run into the same obstacles now as he did in the summer. Brooklyn would be willing to give Irving his max contract, but wants the contract to have protections within it that allow the Nets to safeguard themselves in case Irving misses games for whatever reason.
Brooklyn Nets intend to keep Kyrie Irving sidelined until a trade is finalized ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 5, 2023
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