Nets' Kyrie Irving Earns $525K in Contract Bonuses for 2020-21 Performance

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 17, 2021

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving played his way into a healthy bonus with the 2020-21 regular season now in the books.

ESPN's Bobby Marks noted Irving will receive $525,000 after triggering a few stat-based incentives in his contract:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Kyrie Irving bonuses <br><br>Total of $525K<br><br>✅3PTM <br>✅Turnovers <br>✅Offensive rating<br>✅Free Throw %<br>❌ Defensive rating<br>❌Games played<br>❌Personal fouls<br>❌FTA<br><br>His 2021-22 cap hit is now $35.46M

Marks and Zach Lowe reported on the structure of Irving's four-year, $136.5 million contract with Brooklyn in July 2019. The deal included eight bonuses that started at $125,000 apiece in 2019-20 and get slightly higher over the next three seasons.

The seven-time All-Star shot 92.2 percent from the free-throw line and averaged 2.8 made three-pointers and 2.4 turnovers per game. Those numbers were good enough to fulfill the terms of the incentives. The Nets' league-best 117.3 offensive rating, per NBA.com, was above the necessary threshold as well.

The incentives Irving didn't hit were tied to his games played (at least 70), free-throw attempts (at least 4.6 per game), fouls committed (fewer than 2.1 per game) and Brooklyn's defensive rating (106.0 or lower).

Betting on yourself is a little easier when you're already guaranteed to earn $33.3 million. In Irving's case, he basically got the best of both worlds this season.