One day after he reportedly requested a trade ahead of next week’s deadline, the Nets will hold point guard Kyrie Irving out of Saturday’s game against the Wizards.
The team’s injury report lists him out with “right calf soreness,” per Sports Illustrated‘s Howard Beck.
News of Irving’s trade request was broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic on Friday afternoon. He says that Irving intends to walk in free agency this offseason if he isn’t granted a trade ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. Charania reports that Irving and the Nets have been unable to come to an agreement on stipulations in recent contract extension discussions.
Brooklyn hosts Washington at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday evening.