Irving confirmed the decision to The Athletic. 直到周三，他才决定是否选择加入，据报道，他已获得与其他球队寻求先签后换协议的许可.
“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,” Irving told The Athletic.
He added a cryptic tweet that read, “I know who I am.”
He will be owed $ 36.9 million for the final year of his deal with the Nets. He and Kevin Durant signed with Brooklyn simultaneously in 2019. Durant signed an extension with Brooklyn last summer.
根据 to ESPN, Irving couldn’t find a sign-and-trade partner and plans to return to the Nets next season. The Los Angeles Lakers were reportedly the only team that was interested in doing a deal with Irving.
Brooklyn has yet to officially announce the opt-in.
在周五, Durant opened up about the Irving situation a bit and said he won’t be getting involved.
“There’s no involvement at all. 我的意思是, I can’t be involved with … this is this man’s livelihood, 你懂?” Durant told “The ETCs” 播客. “This is much bigger than me. Being a free agent is one of the most important times in your career. That can’t be swayed by anybody else. I just do me and wait for the time.
“There’s nothing that can happen right now. I don’t think he can even make a decision on opting out until the 29th, 我认为. So I just kinda let things play out and see what happens. Keep the regular contact with Ky, and we’ll see what happens. It’s something that’s so much out of my control that I don’t want to be a part of it. We’ll see what happens though.”
Irving has only played in 103 games for the Nets through three seasons. Injuries and his refusal to comply with New York City’s coronavirus vaccine mandate cost him several games. He is averaging 27.1 点数, 6 协助和 4.7 rebounds in those games.
The Nets only have one playoff-series victory since Durant and Irving joined the team.