Kyrie Irving in talks to rejoin Nets in Orlando, but as inactive player
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is expected to join the rest of the team when they return to action at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on July 31. Just don’t expect him to suit up on the floor in a bid to help the Nets secure a higher playoff berth.
Per ESPN’s senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday, the six-time All-Star confirmed that he will still be in Brooklyn’s inactive list, despite the long hiatus brought upon by the pandemic.
Kyrie Irving suggested on the NBPA conference call today that it's possible he could join the Nets in Orlando this summer — as an inactive player supporting his teammates, sources said. Irving had season-ending shoulder surgery on March 3. https://t.co/MKrfaGQhwy
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2020
Kyrie Irving last played for the Nets in February and underwent a season-ending shoulder injury on March 3. He was limited to just 20 appearances in his first year in a Nets uniform, as injury setbacks had him in-and-out of the line-up.
Uncle Drew was his phenomenal self when he managed to stay healthy, norming 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.4 steals on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent from distance.
Nets fans, meanwhile, were quite hopeful that Irving and his fellow superstar Kevin Durant could return from their injuries and finally play together for Brooklyn this summer. KD earlier refuted those claims, announcing that his season is over. Seems like Irving is on the same boat and does not feel the need to rush his return.
Prior to the suspension of the season, the Nets amassed a 30-34 slate and are currently ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference. They hold just a one-game advantage over the 8th-seeded Orlando Magic, while the Washington Wizards are also still in the mix.
The Nets roster has done a commendable job holding the fort without their two superstars, as Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, and Caris LeVert have all enjoyed fantastic seasons.