NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving will not travel with the Brooklyn Nets on his next three-game road trip while taking care of a family matter, the team announced Monday morning.
Irving will miss the Brooklyn games against the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Pistons.
The Nets are already short-staffed. Kevin Durant has been out of the game since Feb. 12 with a hamstring strain, but is closer to making a comeback, coach Steve Nash said. They will also be without Landry Shamet, who has become a key player from the bench. Shamet sprained his right ankle against the Wizards on Sunday and will not travel with the team on Monday, although his MRI showed no significant damage, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Irving has been in and out of the Nets’ lineup this season, having played in 31 of their 43 games. He missed two weeks in January due to a personal absence. During that time away from the team, Irving broke the league’s COVID-19 protocols, further delaying his return to the court. Irving was fined for not following the league’s coronavirus safety guidelines. Upon his return, Irving told reporters he “just needed a break.”
Since then, Irving has missed four games due to maintenance injuries.
Irving is averaging 28.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season.