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Shams Charania Reveals Kyrie Irving Had Four Teams Interested In Signing Him Before He Decided To Stay With The Nets

Shams Charania Reveals Kyrie Irving Had Four Teams Interested In Signing Him Before He Decided To Stay With The Nets

When healthy, Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the league. He has a great skill set and can score at will against almost any defense. Moreover, his ball-handling skills are a thing of beauty.

So for a player like Irving, NBA teams will line up if an opportunity opens up for them. And in all honesty, over the last few days, it felt like Kyrie was ready to start the next chapter of his career and leave the Brooklyn Nets.

It was reported that Irving and the Nets were at an impasse and were unable to negotiate a contract. While most were reporting that Kyrie was all but gone, it was renowned NBA insider Shams Charania who broke the news of Kyrie's return to the Nets.

Shams revealed that Kyrie will be opting into his $37 million player option and is willing to give it another try with Kevin Durant. Following this news, fans are still wondering if Kyrie even had a sign-and-trade option or was it just part of his plan to get a better contract from the Nets.

Well, who else, but Shams broke the silence about it and revealed that apart from the L.A. Lakers, there were three more teams interested in signing Irving before he decided to opt into his player option.

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"There were a couple of other teams that were poking around at him in opt-in-and-trade scenarios: Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia. But at the end of the day, he made a move where he said, ‘I’m gonna commit. I’m gonna go back to Brooklyn, I’m gonna opt-in."

It's no surprise that various teams were trying to sign Kyrie Irving. If a player of his caliber is available, there is hardly any team in the league that wouldn't try to get him.

But to everyone's shock, Irving has decided to run it back with the Nets, at least for this season. If the Nets fail to win an NBA Championship once again in the 2022-23 NBA season, then it could mean Kai's term ending with the franchise.