Nike ‘unlikely’ to extend Kyrie’s sneaker deal past 2023
Kyrie Irving could end up being a free agent in more ways than one at the end of the 2022-23 NBA season. If Irving opted for the final year of his current contract, the Brooklyn Nets guard would hit the open market and have the ability to choose where he would like to play his basketball.
According to a new report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving’s future in the sneaker game is equally uncertain. Irving is a Nike athlete and is among the NBA players who have their own line of iconic sneakers. But after releasing its latest sneaker later this year, Nike seems ready to move on.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has long owned one of Nike’s most popular and profitable basketball shoes, but uncertainties surrounding his NBA future have prevented the company from extending it to a deal of a similar signing beyond the 2022-23 season, sources have told ESPN.
The report stated that the popularity of Irving’s line means that “Nike is expected to continue offering products associated with it in the future, such as retro shoes from previous collections.” Irving’s latest release from Nike, the Kyrie 8, made headlines when their namesake jumped on Instagram and called them “trash” before explaining that he just wanted to “make sure we get [the sneaker] to the right.”