Kyrie Irving has made his decision on the upcoming NBA season and he’s calling Brooklyn home!
Kyrie opted back in to his $36.5 Million contract, and in turn has put Brooklyn back in the hunt for an NBA Championship.
Kyrie making his decision to stay in Brooklyn will keep his team mate Kevin Durant in the black and white, and form a formidable line up once again.
The Nets get Joe Harris back in the line-up next season to go along with sharp shooter Seth Curry, as well as a potential Ben Simmons sighting.
The Nets were extremely disappointing in the playoffs this season, going down 4-0 to the Celtics in the 1st Round.
Too many question marks surrounded this team going into the playoffs, with KD out for a long stretch late in the season, and the uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving’s status to play in home games.
As well as Kyrie’s uncertainty, the Nets traded James Harden for Ben Simmons, only for Simmons to not hit the court for the remainder of the Nets season and short playoff run.
Adding in the likes of Joe Harris and Simmons, as well as a fully committed Kyrie Irving this season, will have the Nets primed for a Top 4 finish at the very least in the East.
It’s Championship or bust though for Brooklyn, as as long as this team is in the playoffs healthy, they’ll always be in the hunt.
Bringing Kyrie back will give Patty Mills some stability around his role in the team, with Patty going back to his more prominent 6th man role.
Patty stepped in to a starter’s role for the majority of the season, with Kyrie missing 53 games last season.
Patty started the year red hot then tailed off towards the back end of the season once Kyrie returned to the line-up, but going back to his usual role surrounded by shooters next season will only benefit him and the team in the long run.
The development of young big Nic Claxton will also be big for this team in the off season.
Claxton had a bit of a nightmare post season run from the free throw line, going 5 of 28 (including the play-in game) at just below 18%.
This will have to be a big focus for him in the off season, as having two poor free throw shooters in the line-up (he and Ben Simmons) almost makes them unplayable together.
The Nets will want to use the length of both Claxton and Simmons along with Kevin Durant to make it a nightmare for teams to score around the rim.
The Nets will once again be a team to watch in the 2022-23 season!