The Nets Still Have To Pay Kyrie Irving A Lot Of Money This Season

Nets guard Kyrie Irving will still cash in on the 2021-22 NBA season despite not being a part of the team.

On Tuesday, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said Irving would not play or practice with the Nets until he was eligible under New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

However, Irving would still earn his salary for away games, Marx said. The All-Star guard, however, will not be paid for missed games in New York – 41 at Barclays Center and two at Madison Square Garden – due to New York’s COVID-19 mandate.

Brooklyn is unable to keep Irving’s pay for the missed games because he will decide he was not played by the team.

According to Netsquare, it will be around $19 million.

Irving has stayed away from entire training camps and preseasons (with the exception of recent outdoor practice) due to local health and safety protocols – which require players to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kyrie Irving during the playoff game against the Celtics
Kyrie Irving during the playoff game against the Celtics
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Marks said on Tuesday that Irving’s “choice” left the organization “no choice” for not complying with New York’s vaccine mandate, which bans him from being a “part-time” member of the team.

Prior to the team’s decision, a recent development stipulated that Irving was able to practice at home when the city ruled the HSS training center a private office instead of a gym.

Irving has yet to address the news directly.


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