While speaking with reporters Wednesday, both Brooklyn Nets superstar guard James Harden and head coach Steve Nash seemingly left the door open for All-Star Kyrie Irving to return to the organization roughly 24 hours after Irving was banished from team activities for refusing to comply with the New York City mandate that requires NBA personnel to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of an approved medical or religious exemption to enter arenas such as Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
It appears not everybody within the Nets is keen on Irving remaining attached to the club.
To be fair -- there's a chance Shams just mean "offered now", as long as he stays unvaccinated. I don't know. I'm just sharing the quotes.— Alec Sturm (@Alec_Sturm) October 13, 2021
The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Tuesday the Philadelphia 76ers have "no interest in Irving at the moment" amid suggestions Philadelphia could send disgruntled All-Star guard Ben Simmons to Brooklyn in a deal for the one-time NBA champion. An alleged reason for Philadelphia's stance is that Irving's current contract has a player option that could let him hit free agency as soon as next summer, something an extension would eliminate.
What's clear today is that neither the Nets nor Irving are backing down as New York's mandate seems set in place for the foreseeable future.