Kyrie Irving says he gave up over $100 million in free agency by not getting vaccinated

Kyrie Irving has missed more than half of Nets games over the past three seasons. Seth Little/AP Images
Kyrie Irving said he lost over $100 million through his contract because he chose not to get vaccinated.
Irving only played 27 games last year due to vaccination orders that impacted contract talks with the Nets.
Irving has a $36 million player option for this season and will be a free agent next summer.
Kyrie Irving on Monday openly admitted how much money he lost by choosing not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Speaking to Brooklyn Nets Media Day reporters, Irving said his stance likely cost him over $100 million in free agency.
"I gave up four years, $100 and some millions to not get vaccinated," Irving said. "And that was the decision. It was: contract, vaccinated or unvaccinated and there's a level of uncertainty about your future, whether you're going to play in this league, whether you're going to be on this team."
In all likelihood, Irving's decision not to get vaccinated cost him more than $200 million.
Irving was unable to play home games for the Brooklyn Nets until March of last season due to mandates in New York City at the time. Irving was not paid for these games. He missed 35 of 41 home games and a game against the New York Knicks. Irving made about $425,000 per game last year, which means he lost about $15.3 million on missed games in New York City.
However, Irving on Monday was referring to money he lost in free hands.
Irving was eligible for a five-year, $200 million extension with the Nets this summer, but the Nets refused to commit to him after a turbulent season.
Irving reportedly considered testing the free agent market, but had limited applicants. Some have been wary of investing big bucks because of Irving's frequent unavailability (he's only played 103 games in three years at Brooklyn). The Los Angeles Lakers were interested in signing him but didn't have the space for the cap.
Ultimately, Irving settled on the final year of his contract, a roughly $36.5 million option for the 2022-23 season. He will be a free agent next summer.
Kyrie Irving's decision not to remain vaccinated against COVID-19 has rocked the Nets' season Eric Gay/AP Images
Irving admitted Monday he was considering leaving the Nets, saying there are options "but not many."
Now Irving faces a potentially career-defining season. Irving is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and the Nets are ready to fight for a championship if their best players can stay grounded. Irving's game and availability are among the most scrutinized aspects of the NBA season.
Irving told reporters Monday an extension should be finalized before the start of last season, but she questioned his decision not to get vaccinated.
"We should have figured that all out before training camp last year," Irving said. "And it just didn't happen because I'm not vaccinated. So I got the point [of management] and just had to live with it. It was a hard pill to swallow.”
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