The Brooklyn Nets landed a huge haul in 2019 NBA free agency with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, among others including DeAndre Jordan. For Irving, it was a return home, and one that he appears to be incredibly excited about. After the news came to light, the former Boston Celtics guard took to Instagram to post a video addressing his decision.
In perfect fashion, Irving used music from Jay-Z, who’s a former part owner of the Nets and an avid fan, as part of the video.
“It was fourth grade, I had just gotten done watching the Nets in the finals. When I knew that this is a dream that I want to fulfill, I had to manifest it, I had to go get it. I had to put in my tie, I had to put in my hours. I had to relentless work on a craft and do it with a passion and love that no one could take away.” Irving stated first.
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Irving then addressed the return back home, and spoke about what heading to Brooklyn in free agency and meant to him.
“In my heart, I knew I always wanted to play at home. And home is where my heart is, and it’s always been there, simply because of such a great love that I have for my family and the way I grew up. I wouldn’t change anything about these dreams at all, it’s brought me back here and that’s home. And home is where my family is, home is where I want my legacy to continue, and I’m happy to be in Brooklyn.” Irving concluded.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone, but Irving is talking like a player ready to remain with the Nets for the long haul, while hopefully pairing up with his new teammates to bring a championship to Brooklyn.
Kyrie Irving’s Contract With Nets
While the exact terms of free-agency deals haven’t been revealed, estimates are provided by Spotrac on how each may look. For Irving, who’s set to make north of $140 million over four years, they broke it down while revealing an increase in pay over each season.
Here’s a look at the projected breakdown and estimates of his deal, per Spotrac:
- 2019-20: $32,742,000 (estimate)
- 2020-21: $34,379,100 (estimate)
- 2021-22: $36,016,200 (estimate)
- *2022-23: $37,653,300 (estimate)
It’s worth noting that the fourth year is pegged as a player option, which Irving could choose to opt out of and head to free agency at that point. Obviously, Irving teaming up with his close friend in Durant adds to the appeal of staying with the Nets long-term, but the player option is a nice piece to have tacked on for the final year.