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Kyrie Irving (health and safety protocols) will not be available for the Nets on Saturday when they clash with the Magic.
Irving has expressed an interest to return to the team, however, his time away has prevented him from rejoining the starting squad immediately. He'll have to go through basic conditioning to return to game shape before we see the electric point-guard in action. Bruce Brown played admirably in his stead on Wednesday versus New York with 15 points, 14 rebounds and two assists. Expect him to take the reigns again on Saturday.
Nets PG Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating the health and safety protocols by attending an indoor party over the weekend.
Irving will forfeit $1.6M for the mandatory 5-day quarantine he’s undergoing after the incident. According to reports, he’ll be eligible to return to team activities on Saturday given he continues to test negative for COVID-19. The Nets face the Magic on Saturday, so it’s a possibility he plays in that game. Irving will be returning to a newly formed supert-team consisting of himself, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. It’ll be interesting to see how the three superstars mesh together for the remainder of the season.
According to Nets GM Sean Marks, Kyrie Irving is excited to get back on the court, though his timeline for a return will be impacted by the NBA's investigation.
Irving has been away from the team for the last week due to personal issues but a viral video showing the guard breaking the league's masking protocols has prompted the NBA to investigate. With Kyrie's passion for the game coming into question this week, it's encouraging for fantasy managers to learn that he is excited to get back on the court and that he has been tested daily. His return, however, is now in the hands of the league as they complete their probe into his recent activities.
Per sources, the NBA is preparing to examine videos of a maskless Nets PG Kyrie Irving at a birthday party that has been surfacing on social media. Irving is expected to remain away from the team for at least the next week.
This isn’t sounding great for Irving’s prospects of playing anytime in the near future. He’ll remain away from the team, and could possibly be facing an additional quarantine period if the NBA discovers he violated its COVID-19 protocols. Stay tuned for more on this dynamic situation with the Nets’ star point guard.
Nets PG Kyrie Irving (personal) will remain out on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.
This will be Irving’s fourth-consecutive game missed due to personal reasons. Caris LeVert should continue to start and soak up minutes in his absence. Kevin Durant will continue putting up 20+ shots per game as well with Irving out.