The Brooklyn Nets have seemingly exercised their demons and are now 27-16 and the 4th team in the East.
With Kyrie Irving playing, the Nets are 20-12, including 16-4 in his last 20 games.
This means that Irving has been helping out his team a lot, which is a far cry from what he was doing over the last couple of seasons.
For a long time, Irving was seen as more of a headache than help but he has turned a page.
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) January 18, 2023
Because of this, multiple executives within the NBA believe that Irving will re-sign with the Nets in the offseason.
This seemed all but impossible a few months ago and it shows that when Irving is firing on all cylinders, he is one of the best guards in the league.
When Irving is good, he can make a front office forget about all the drama he creates.
He was an inconsistent presence on the court last season due to his refusal to get the COVID vaccine.
This season, his troubles have revolved around the promotion of an antisemitic book and movie on his social media pages.
This led to Irving being suspended for multiple games.
Since his return, Irving has had a hot hand and great leadership: he is averaging 25.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists a game.
When he was returning from his suspension, most everyone agreed that he’d probably be traded at the soonest possible chance.
That isn’t the case anymore and it seems like the Nets will make sure that Irving is around when the 2023-24 season kicks off.
Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and others will need to make new plans since Irving won’t be leaving the Big Apple.