What does the future have in store for Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets? The 30-year-old owns a player option for the 2022-23 NBA season and there is no telling if he will stay in Brooklyn.

Hoop junkies may have heard by this time that all is not entirely well between Irving and the Nets. A lot has to do with the All-Star guard’s stance against the COVID-19 vaccine, a reason why he ended up being a part-time player for Brooklyn.

But following the Nets’ unceremonious exit from the NBA playoffs, it seems that the part-time player gig won’t work. Nets general manager Sean Marks made it clear that they need players who are dedicated and available at all times, raising questions on Irving’s future with the franchise.

Rumors have suggested that Irving’s time with the Nets may have come to a close. But given his COVID-19 stance, only a COVID-19 vaccine could provide a clearer view of where the one-time NBA champion would be suiting up for the 2022-23 season.

Sports betting sites are sharing their forecast and two teams from the Western Conference have emerged. They are the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers.

As far as the Rockets are concerned, it would raise a possible trade scenario involving another disgruntled guard in John Wall. The salaries of both players would be covered although this is deemed only as of the second-best option for the seven-time All-Star at +300.

So who is the top bet? Conspicuously it is the Clippers. One reason seen is the presence of Tyronn Lue, Irving’s former coach when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, questions are in the air. Although Los Angeles needs a point guard to help quarterback the team, it could ruin the ecosystem of the Clippers. Regardless, the Clips have been listed as +125 favorites to possibly snag “Uncle Drew.”

More teams are likely to be suggested. But this will only heat up once Irving decides on what to do with his player option for the 2022-23 season.

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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