The Brooklyn Nets point guard answered a question that all NBA fans have had on their minds the past few weeks. When speaking with Complex News' Pierce Simpson on the red carpet at the BET Awards on Sunday night, Irving responded in perhaps the most non-committal way possible.
“Do you want to be a Brooklyn Net still?” Simpson asked.
Instead of a straight reply, Kyrie flashed a wide grin and turned to gaze at Shetellia Riley Irving, his stepmom and agent, who was standing to his left.
“Pass it…pass it to my left,” Kyrie joked.
These remarks come just as it appears like maybe Irving's time in Brooklyn has come to an end.
We asked Kyrie if he still wanted to be a Brooklyn Net 👀 pic.twitter.com/QYYDajosJW
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 27, 2022
According to the New York Daily News, he has been given authority by the Nets to discuss sign-and-trade deals with other clubs. That is huge, considering how Kyrie's choice might impact Kevin Durant's future on the Nets, too. Durant, however, insists he won't get embroiled in the point guard's tempest of indecision.
Durant said that he has no desire to sway Kyrie's choice, as stated during the most recent episode of his podcast, The ETCs.
“It’s no involvement at all,” KD said. “This is this man’s livelihood. This is much bigger than me. Being a free agent, it’s one of the most important times in your career. I just do me and wait for the time.”
Kevin Durant carried the Nets to the 2022 NBA Playoffs, but they got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round.
“There’s nothing that can happen right now. I don’t think he can even make a decision on opting out until the 29th,” Durant continued. “I just let things play out and see what happens, but keep the regular contact up with Ky and 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.”
There are other possible landing spots for a talent like Irving. One of them, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, would be the Los Angeles Lakers.
REPORT: The Los Angeles Lakers are considered “the most significant threat” to land Kyrie Irving if he leaves the Nets.
Wow, wow, wow.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 22, 2022
If Irving does end up with the Lakers, he would be reuniting with LeBron James and possibly replicating the magical title run they had in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Keep in mind that Irving is coming off a season where he played a career-low 29 games. He did, however, tie his career-high scoring average with 27.4 points per game. More impressively, he also shot a career-best 41.8% from beyond the arc.
If he is playing at his best, Irving is surely still among the best in the league. The question remaining is — which team will enjoy him at his best?