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Despite all rumors surrounding the Nets and Kyrie Irving, according to Shams Charania, the 30-year-old star is opting into his $37M player option and is bypassing multiple opt-in and trade scenarios to fulfil his four-year commitment to the Nets and his close friend Kevin Durant.
Fans on NBA Twitter were quick to react to the Irving news — which to some came as a surprise. Kyrie also took on Twitter himself to type in a statement a few minutes after the report.
Leaving $30M on the table would have been a poor business decision.
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) June 27, 2022
Kyrie cooked the media lol
— Clique Productions (@ImClique_) June 27, 2022
Kyrie’s such a troll did all that just to get Lakers fans hopes up and then stays on the Nets 💀
— mev 🧸🌹🏀 (@mevvybear) June 27, 2022
Lakers fans thought they could sign Kyrie for 6Mil😭 pic.twitter.com/vXhnl2OHEF
— Drew (@PGSupremacy) June 27, 2022
Lebron seeing Kyrie opt back in with the Nets.
Knowing he’s gotta run it back with Russ. pic.twitter.com/pKQV3USSkt
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 27, 2022
SERVER: Would you like to hear about our specials?
KYRIE IRVING: [arching one eyebrow] And these dishes are special according to whom?
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) June 27, 2022
Lakers Fans realizing they're running it back with Russ and not Kyrie pic.twitter.com/HZZGn4dGJM
— Knicks Memes (@KnicksMemes) June 27, 2022
Lakers fans watching Kyrie opt-in to stay with the Nets pic.twitter.com/hobqbpqk3C
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 27, 2022
All of these rumors just for Kyrie to stay with the Nets
Should’ve seen it coming https://t.co/EyHGQ83Tco
— 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 (@Three_Cone) June 27, 2022
How Bron's looking at Kyrie pic.twitter.com/2Isj2tLyH2
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2022
Ultimately Nets get what they wanted: Kyrie on a short-term deal.
Kyrie doesn’t get the long-term max, but he can play his way into a big contract next year.
Nets needed Kyrie as bad as Kyrie needed the Nets. That’s that.
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) June 27, 2022
🎶Now I Do What I Want🎶
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 27, 2022
Fun while it lasted
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 27, 2022
Kyrie honestly needa go to a team like the heat.
— Flight (@Flight23White) June 27, 2022
what does Kyrie gain from trolling like that
— Published Author (@Ter0me) June 27, 2022
Kyrie Irving never had any interest in going to the Lakers.
He just used that as leverage for the Nets to give him a long term deal.
The Nets front office stood firm, called his bluff, and will retain both KD and Kyrie for next season.
— Guru (@DrGuru_) June 27, 2022
The Kyrie thing was a fun ass ride for those 4 or 5 hours. Time to lock in on Miles Bridges being the biggest story now I suppose pic.twitter.com/NcBHJIdd9i
— ✨🦦America Is Musty🦦✨ (@DragonflyJonez) June 27, 2022
Would rather Kyrie waited a day, was like 90 percent through an article on the situation
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) June 27, 2022