Kyrie Irving is looking to stay as a Brooklyn Net in the foreseeable future and clarifies his plans and intentions moving forward.
Irving wants to manage the Nets' franchise
Kyrie Irving revealed his plans moving forward after getting swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of playoffs. Fans can now breathe a sigh of relief as the All-Star point guard claimed he wants to stay in Brooklyn long-term. Ky has a player option next season worth $36.5 million. At this point of his career, money is not the main priority for him, as evidenced by the salary and bonuses he missed after sitting out games because of intentionally skipping the COVID vaccine.
If the one-time champ's news of staying is a welcome development for fans, his other Brooklyn-related plans could prove problematic for others.
"When I say I'm here with Kev, I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside Joe (Tsai, the owner) and Sean (Marks, the GM). And I think we just gotta make some moves this offseason, really talk about it and really be intentional about what we're building and have some fun with it, make it enjoyable."
What this means for the Brooklyn Nets
Perhaps, the former Cleveland Cavalier should focus on being a player first before getting involved in managing the franchise. That's not a job for him to do. That's the job of Sean Mark and Joe Tsai. The 11-year-veteran admitted his absence played its part in why the Nets struggled this season, and it became a distraction. Had Kyrie played more games, it could have been perhaps a different story for Brooklyn.
When Ky claimed he wanted to manage the team with Kevin Durant, it could mean giving his input on who to hire as a coach or who to add to the roster. The front office often consults superstars, but they should not have the final say. Some wonder if Steve Nash's position is at risk because of how the postseason went for his team. If he doesn't come back next season, it's safe to assume the star players on the team handpicked his replacement.
Ben Simmons has yet to play, and the team's weaknesses were exposed in the playoffs. The front office has a long summer to address those concerns. Now, the question is how much power are the owner and general manager of the Brooklyn Nets willing to share with their stars regarding decision-making and mapping the franchise's future.