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Did Kyrie Irving Sit Out So That Nets Wouldn’t Trade Him?

Did Kyrie Irving Sit Out So That Nets Wouldn't Trade Him?

The Brooklyn Nets acquired disgruntled Houston Rockets superstar James Harden this past week. The deal featured multiple teams, countless players and a bevy of draft picks changing hands.

One thing it didn’t include? Kyrie Irving.

Irving has missed Brooklyn’s last five games for what has been described as ‘personal’ reasons. That said, the real reason for his absence has been widely reported.

Early Friday morning, the NBA announced that it was fining Irving $50,000 for violating Covid-19 protocols by attending a “private indoor party” last weekend without a mask. In addition, he will forfeit his pay for the outings he missed during his quarantine period – totaling more than $800,000.

Later in the day, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Irving was expected to return to the team.

“As long as he tests negative and clears protocol, Kyrie Irving will be available and expected to play for the Nets vs. Orlando on Saturday,” he revealed.

Irving’s sudden reversal and decision to rejoin his team has prompted many to ask: what changed?

A popular theory that has emerged online is that Irving’s move to sit out was actually him tanking his own trade value so that he wouldn’t be moved in a potential swap.

While we will never know the truth about Irving’s thought process over the past week, stranger things have happened in the NBA than players purposely trying to thwart an unwanted trade.

If Irving really does suddenly return after an extended mysterious absence as though nothing happened, then it will certainly lend a lot of credence to this theory.

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Anthony Amador

A recent graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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