After causing a stir recently that he could be returning to NBA action soon, it appears Kyrie Irving is nowhere close to one yet.

While the plausible expectation is to see Irving return to the Brooklyn Nets roster, the 29-year-old has been linked to a potential trade elsewhere. Part of this reason is that “Uncle Drew” can only play somewhere where unvaccinated players can play.

In Texas, there is no such mandate and this means Irving could play in home games at the least.

Unfortunately, Dallas is not that Texas team where Irving may end up. No less than team owner Mark Cuban shot down rumors tying them to the All-Star guard. He explained that there have been no talks held with the Nets on a possible Kyrie Irving for Kristaps Porzingis trade, NBA Insider Marc Stein reported.

This update refutes a previous claim by Ian Begley of SNY that the Mavs have reached out to the Nets about a potential deal that involves Kristaps Porzingis.

Hence, the only way Irving can be seen back in action is if he gets vaccinated. So far, nothing close to that has happened although there was renewed optimism according to Shams Charania of The Athletic recently.

For his part, Porzingis has been having a good run as of late with the Mavericks. But in the eyes of critics, it may not still be at the level of Irving if the guard is playing.

Aside from Porzingis, Ben Simmons is another player that has been linked to an Irving swap. Unfortunately, this too has failed to gain ground and (like Porizingis), there is no doubt that the seven-time All-Star is arguably more beneficial for Steve Nash and the Nets.

Hence, the only way to see Irving back is if he gets vaccinated. With the Omicron variant now out and making things worse, it may be the only thing that can signal the official return of the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Kyrie Irving
When asked if he would comply with city requirements, Irving remained tight-lipped and appealed to his right to privacy, warning that further questions on the subject would get the same response. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

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