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Kyrie Irving says he plans to sign extension with Nets

Jan 10, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) make their way on the court after a time out during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers won the game 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Star guard Kyrie Irving said Saturday he plans to sign a contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.

The seven-time All-Star could become an unrestricted free agent this summer but said he wants to keep playing with teammate Kevin Durant.

“There’s no way I’m leaving my man No. 7 anywhere,” Irving said, referencing Durant’s jersey number.

Irving, 30, is in the final guaranteed season of a four-year, $136.5 million contract signed in July 2019. He holds a player option for $36.5 million for the 2022-23 season.

Durant, 33, signed a four-year, $194 million extension in August that keeps him in Brooklyn through the 2025-26 campaign.

Irving has posted 28.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season through 20 games, all on the road, heading into Saturday night’s game at Miami. He is expected to make his home debut Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets after New York City on Thursday eased restrictions for unvaccinated players.

–Field Level Media