Nets' Kyrie Irving Reportedly Will Fire Roc Nation Agent After 2 Years

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJuly 29, 2021

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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is reportedly firing Roc Nation as the agency representing him.

Appearing Thursday on First Take, ESPN NBA insider Jordan Schultz reported the news:

Irving hired Roc Nation in 2019 after firing previous agent Jeff Wechsler. Irving then signed with the Nets in free agency shortly after linking up with Roc Nation.

Roc Nation Sports was founded by superstar rapper Jay-Z in 2013, and since its inception, it has represented some of the biggest stars in sports.

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette are some of the notable names currently under the Roc Nation umbrella.

Irving began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011 before getting traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017. After two seasons in Boston, Irving signed a four-year, $136.5 million contract with the Nets in 2019.

Kyrie's tenure in Brooklyn hasn't quite gone according to plan thus far largely because of mounting injuries.

Irving was limited to just 20 games in 2019-20 and then played in 54 games last season. When healthy, the 29-year-old veteran was highly productive, averaging 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers made and 1.4 steals en route to his seventh career All-Star nod.

The injury bug bit Irving again in the playoffs, though, as he missed the final three games of Brooklyn's series loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

Since Irving has a player option for the 2022-23 season, he could potentially become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign.

The timing of Irving's latest agent change could understandably lead to questions regarding whether he intends to opt out and test the market next offseason, although the Nets' success during the upcoming season may have the largest bearing on that decision.