Kyrie Irving is now at odds with Nike while apparently on the hunt for new representation as well.
The first bit of Nets news on NBA Draft night had nothing to do with the draft, but with Kyrie Irving firing Roc Nation as his agency.
The move was first reported on ESPN, and confirmed by The Post.
Irving had just signed with Roc Nation in 2019, as he was preparing to bolt Boston for Brooklyn in free agency. The All-Star point guard has now gone through his second agency in three years.
It’s unclear why Irving is parting with Roc Nation. The agency will only have 10 days — or about a week-and-a-half — to attempt to salvage its working relationship with Irving.
The star guard is halfway through a four-year max contract with the Nets, although he can opt out after this upcoming season.
Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks is expected to attempt to extend Irving, as well as Kevin Durant and James Harden, with free agency tipping off Monday at 6 p.m.
Irving also has off-court deals as well, including an $11 million contract with Nike that is one of the biggest sneaker deals in the NBA. But after photos leaked of the upcoming Kyrie8, Irving ripped into Nike on Instagram and said the company put out the shoe without his permission or consultation.
“I have nothing to do with the design or marketing of the upcoming Kyrie 8 IMO these are trash! I have absolutely nothing to do with them!” Irving said.
“Nike plans to release it without my okay regardless of what I say, so I apologize in advance to all of my sneaker heads and true supporters of the #KAI11 brand.”
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Brian Lewis