“He’ll just say, ‘Heck with you, I’m out’”

Rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have intensified as Free Agency approaches. And Skip Bayless thinks the franchise could be done with her all-star guard.

The Nets’ 2021-22 season ended in disappointment after an unstable season. They made the playoffs after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament, but failed to record a first-round win over the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie, who was unavailable for most of the season due to his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine, was available to help during the playoffs. But he, like Kevin Durant, was stalled by Boston’s incredible defensive performance.

Now, the topic of whether the Nets will sign Kyrie to a long-term contract is exciting the NBA community, and pundits are giving their opinions. On Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Bayless said there’s a chance both parties will go their separate ways this offseason.

“All I know for sure is that there are multiple reports that they aren’t happy with Kyrie Irving,” Bayless said. “The strongest report is that they are absolutely unwilling to grant Kyrie a long-term extension. Well, Kyrie certainly came up with that. Surely he is aware of that. He is a very proud young man.

“So it’s possible that over the next month he’ll just say, ‘Damn it, I’m out,’ because he can make an immediate decision to become a full free agent within the next month. Would he? Well, knowing Kyrie, it’s possible he would do that just because he was offended by the way he was treated last year.

“I remind you there was a flash point when they finally sent Kyrie home and his best mate, Kevin Durant, signed it, he blessed it. He said, ‘Yeah, let’s go on without it.’ Only later in the season. Did they crawl back to Kyrie when they faltered and started losing?”

“I think the bottom line is, Kyrie’s decision not to get vaccinated ruined the team in a lot of ways last year, but it ruined James Harden. he’s out KD, he seemed half-hearted about the rest of the season. They never got their legs back under them. They had other problems, but Kyrie was the problem.

“And it sounded like it went all the way up to the owner that they’re almost done with Kyrie and I don’t think they would be really unhappy if he signed off and hit free agency.”

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Irving has a player option this summer and it’s up to him if he plays at least one more season with the Nets. He has expressed his desire to stay with Durant and the Nets long-term, but there are concerns the organization may not be ready to offer him a long-term contract.

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly “unwilling” to grant a long-term extension to Kyrie Irving due to his personal decision not to get vaccinated and an unpredictable injury history @Krisplash

Kyrie Irving only played 29 games for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021-22 season

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (11).
Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (11).

The Nets were championship favorites prior to the start of the season. But things turned sideways with the announcement that Kyrie Irving would not be able to play in New York City due to the city’s COVID-19 mandate.

Irving objected to not getting the vaccine, and the franchise decided to continue without him. There was an opportunity to play street games, but back then it was full-time or nothing.

The front office backed out of its decision in December, and Irving began playing part-time in January. That month, however, KD injured his knee, and later James Harden called for a trade.

Despite his presence, the Nets endured an awkward 11-game losing streak and a 3-17 passout. Irving played in just 29 games while Brooklyn went 14-15.

The former NBA champion averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists while shooting 46.9%.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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