Report: Nike unlikely to extend shoe deal of notable former Celtic originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
It remains to be seen whether or not Kyrie Irving will remain with the Brooklyn Nets long-term.
According to one report, Irving may soon be in the market for a new shoe contract, too.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported Friday that Nike is unlikely to extend Irving a signature shoe deal beyond the 2022-23 season due to uncertainties surrounding his future in the NBA.
Nike, which has had a shoe deal with Irving dating back to 2014, didn’t deny the status of his contract with the company, according to ESPN.
“We don’t comment on contracts or rumors or speculation,” a Nike spokesman told ESPN. “Kyrie remains a Nike athlete.”
Last summer, Irving criticized the design of one of his shoes with Nike, ESPN said, later walking back the comments.
Irving, 30, has a $37 million player option with the Nets for the 2022-23 season. Earlier this week, Brooklyn GM Sean Marks said that the Nets want “selfless” players; Irving, who remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, was ineligible to play in Brooklyn’s home games in New York City for the majority of the 2021-22 season due to mandates that were only lifted in March.
The Nets were swept by the Celtics, with whom Irving played two seasons from 2017-19, in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Irving was involved in several incidents with fans at TD Garden over the first two games of the series, including but not limited to a series of middle fingers.
Despite the turmoil surrounding Irving of late, ESPN reported that it’s likely Nike will continue to have some sort of Irving-related product.