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Nets Star Kyrie Irving’s Vanishing Act Just Cost Him Nearly $1 Million

After a week of self-discovery and pondering, Kyrie Irving is finally returning to the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving missed five total games in his time away from Kevin Durant and teammates. If he tests negative for the coronavirus, Irving can rejoin the Nets on Saturday, January 16.

Irving’s controversial hiatus, one that raised questions about his commitment to the Nets and basketball as a whole, will wind up significantly hurting the All-Star guard’s pockets.

Kyrie Irving will rejoin the Brooklyn Nets soon

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The Brooklyn Nets have changed a great deal since Kyrie Irving performed his best Harry Houdini impression.

After weeks of speculation, the Nets acquired Houston Rockets star James Harden in a mammoth blockbuster trade on Wednesday, January 13.

Brooklyn sent seven total first picks to Houston in a four-team trade which also involved Cleveland and Indiana. Fan favorites Caris LeVert (Pacers) and Jarrett Allen (Cavaliers) each found new homes in the transaction.

Indiana also traded All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to the Rockets.

Irving averaged 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per night in seven games before he left the Nets. The six-time All-Star hit 50.4% of his shots and made 42.6% of his tries from three-point range.

Irving was a busy man in his time away

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Kyrie Irving became the third active New York athlete in the last seven years to go AWOL.

Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson did it in the summer of 2014. Knicks point guard Derrick Rose took his own hiatus in January 2017.

Irving claimed he left the team for “personal reasons.” A video of him attending a party — and doing so without a mask — immediately challenged the idea of why he took a leave of absence.

Irving also attended a recent Zoom call for Manhattan district attorney candidate Tahanie Aboushi. While Irving sat on that call, his teammates were playing the Denver Nuggets.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points in a 122-116 victory over the Nuggets at the Barclays Center on Tuesday, January 12.

Kyrie Irving’s wallet just took a major hit

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Kyrie Irving may soon be back with the Brooklyn Nets, but he isn’t getting off easy for ditching his team.

The NBA fined Irving $50,000 for violating the league’s health and safety protocols. Specifically, the league fined Irving for attending the private indoor party a week ago.

Irving forfeited more than $400,000 salary per game for those that he missed as a result of quarantine. Because he missed two games, Irving gave up over $800,000 as a result of his own bad decisions.

In addition to the $50,000 fine, Irving’s penalty came out to $870,000, according to The New York Times. That is nearly $1 million in money that Irving lost of his own choosing, and he has to pay the price — no pun intended.

The Nets had not announced at publication if they would discipline Irving beyond the league-mandated fine and the two game checks that he had to forfeit.

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