Kyrie Irving may never play for the Brooklyn Nets again, at least that’s what multiple NBA sources suspect, per Marc Stein (substack). Meanwhile, more and more teams seem to be moving away from the idea of hiring a point guard, including the Lakers.
As Stein reports, “there is growing pessimism in various corners of the league that Kyrie Irving will ever play for the Brooklyn Nets again.” The 30-year-old was suspended for at least five games last week for tweeting a link to an anti-Semitic film and distancing himself from anti-Semitism.
Before Irving can rejoin the team, he must fulfill several conditions. According to Stein, they were created by the Nets knowing Irving was unlikely to meet them all. As a result, the removal of the seven-time all-stars is not excluded. General manager Sean Marks said Friday that the Nets have not considered firing Irving.
According to the media report, the terms include condemning the anti-Semitic film, attending a seminar on anti-Semitism, meeting with members of the Jewish community, meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai and donating $500,000 to organizations involved in fighting hate speech.
If Irving’s career in Brooklyn does end, it will likely be difficult for him to find a new team. Zach Lowe (ESPN:) recently described him as “radioactive” and that teams would prefer to stay away from the commitment “even if it costs nothing.” According to Sam Amick (The AthleticThe Lakers also have “serious concerns” about Irving’s potential commitment. Los Angeles was still interested in trading LeBron James for his former teammate last season.
Kyrie Irving has set a date with Adam Silver
Irving is scheduled to meet Tuesday with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who publicly condemned the post and the Nets guard’s long-delayed apology last week.
Meanwhile, the NBPA players union may challenge Irving’s suspension, Jaylen Brown said. The Celtics star is one of eight NBPA vice presidents, including Irving. “The conditions that were set for his return seem too much. “A lot of players have expressed their concerns about the conditions,” Brown told IM. Boston Globe.
Brown noted that the CBA has not agreed on any guidelines for posting on social media, adding: “I don’t think Kyrie Irving is anti-Semitic. […] We don’t want to support anyone who doesn’t take a stand against hate speech, but I don’t think Kyrie Irving is anti-Semitic. And I hope the NBA sees it that way, too.”