Nike is unlikely to extend Kyrie Irving’s shoe contract beyond 2022.

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Nike is unlikely to extend its current signature shoe deal with NBA star Kyrie Irving beyond the 2022-23 season, in part due to uncertainty surrounding his future as an NBA player. According to ESPN’s report. The 2022-23 season is expected to be the final year in a series of signature footwear that Irving has been with the company since 2014.

Although Nike is expected to continue offering some products related to Irving in the future, such as retro shoes from its previous collection, it has become clear that Irving’s relationship with the company is set to change. In a statement Nike provided ESPN, the company neither confirmed nor denied that Irving’s signing agreement was terminated.

“We don’t comment on contracts or rumors or speculation. Kyrie remains a Nike player,” read Nike’s statement.

The meager position of Nike and Irving’s future relationship coincides with his future poor position in the NBA.

Irving has a $30 million player option with Brooklyn Nets for this season, but the franchise has not promised a long-term contract with him, and General Manager Sean Marks has publicly said that Irving’s position as a part-time player last season has been affected. said. team.

“We need people who want to be here,” Marks said on Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “They are altruistic and want to be part of something bigger than themselves. And there is a goal and there is a goal at stake. To do that, they need everyone’s availability.”

Because Irving was not vaccinated against COVID-19, New York City’s vaccination requirements prevented him from playing home games for the Nets in Brooklyn for most of the 2021-22 season. Irving later returned to home games when privileges were relaxed and averaged 27.4 points in 29 games before the Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Nike’s relationship with Irving hasn’t always been rosy.

Two years ago, Irving publicly complained about the design of the Nike Kyrie 8 and called it “garbage”, saying that he was not involved in the design or marketing and that Nike planned to release it without his approval. Irving withdrew his comments in a statement a few days later.

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