that Kyrie Irving won't play in any games as long as he's in violation of New York City's vaccine requirement, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports that the team won't offer him a $186 million contract extension that he's eligible to sign.
The $16 million figure refers to the salary Irving would lose if he remains in violation of New York's vaccine protocols for the entire season. Irving has a $36.5 million player option on his contract next season. If he opts out and doesn't sign an extension with the Nets, he'll become a free agent.
Kyrie Irving. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
A lot can and most assuredly will change between now and then. But if he maintains his vaccine stance and further deteriorates his relationship with the Nets, he's putting at risk more than $200 million that would otherwise be guaranteed. There's no reason to believe that the Nets wouldn't offer Irving the extension under normal circumstances.
Prior to Tuesday, it was believed that the Nets would consider playing Irving part-time if he continued to maintain his vaccine status that prohibits him from playing home games per New York's requirement of proof of at least one dose of a vaccine for entry to large indoor gatherings. General manager Sean Marks made clear in a statement that a part-time scenario is not an option for Irving.