PHILADELPHIA — Kyrie Irving not only didn’t play Monday against the 76ers, but didn’t even travel with the Nets despite it being his last chance to play before their Oct. 19 regular-season opener in Milwaukee.
“We’re just trying to navigate this thing,” Steve Nash said of leaving Irving home to train. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So I think really it’s … we’re just trying to take our time to figure out what everything means.
“New information seems to come in every week, and we’re just in that process of not only trying to navigate the information, the parameters, but also what’s coming down the line, how it looks and feels and what we can do to make this work and all those things. That’s all.”
With Irving’s refusal to adhere to New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, he can’t play at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden, and could conceivably miss more than half of the season if he’s limited to games outside of New York. As of right now, the Nets aren’t actively talking about reducing the All-Star’s role, or whether to let him be a part-time player. But any discussions would include Kevin Durant, James Harden, general manager Sean Marks and, presumably, owner Joe Tsai.
“We have a pretty collaborative environment. I think we all weigh in and discuss it and make sure we’re making a decision that suits the group,” Nash said. “We’re so far from that right now I think we’re trying to take things day by day and try to learn as much as we can about what this looks [like]. It’s pretty unprecedented, if we have information we’ll let you know. But there’s nothing to decide on right now.”
Paul Millsap, who’d initially been in doubt due to health and safety protocols (contact tracing) was cleared and scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes of action Monday.
“You don’t realize how much two days affect you until you get out there in the trenches,” Millsap said. “The first half, felt pretty bad. And second half, started warming up, loosened up again.”
DeAndre’ Bembry (dental procedure), Devontae Cacok (right groin soreness), Nic Claxton (illness) and LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) were all out. The latter was just a matter of rotation, according to Nash.
Brooklyn signed free agent guards Jordan Bowden and Brandon Rachal, but both are expected to be waived and end up with G-League Long Island.
Seth Curry (rest), Tobias Harris (right knee soreness), Tyrese Maxey (left adductor tightness), Shake Milton (right ankle sprain), Grant Riller (right knee surgery), Ben Simmons (not with team) and Matisse Thybulle (right shoulder soreness) all sat out for Philadelphia.
By sitting out Monday’s game, Simmons surpassed the $1 million mark in loss of pay according to former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, now with ESPN. But 76ers brass and Klutch CEO Rich Paul reportedly progressed in talks over recent days on a resolution to bring him back to Philadelphia in the near future.
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