Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving first signed a deal with Nike in 2014 and the sports brand is unlikely to extend the contract past its expiration date in 2023, according to a report by ESPN’sAdrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
Wojnarowski reported that “uncertainties surrounding [Irving’s] NBA future” are keeping Nike from resigning the controversial superstar. Nike did not confirm nor deny the report by Woj.
“We don’t comment on contracts or rumors or speculation. Kyrie remains a Nike athlete,” a Nike spokesperson told ESPN on Thursday.
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Even if Nike does not extend Irving’s signature deal, it’s likely that both parties will still work together in the future with “retro” launches. Since joining Nike in 2014, Irving’s signature sneakers have been some of the most popular releases.
Irving’s new edition of his sneaker is set to debut in the fall and is expected to be the final year of his lucrative signature series. In July, Irving took to social media to critique the design of the Nike Kyrie 8calling it “rash” and claiming he had nothing to do with the marketing or design.
Irving, who missed most of the 2021-22 NBA season due to declining to get vaccinated, averaged 27 points in 29 games for the Nets before the Boston Celtics swept them in the first round of the playoffs. Irving, 30, has a $37 million player option with the Nets for the 2022-23 season. If Irving opts in, he will become a free agent after the 2022-23 season.